InterManager Daily News 26.05.2022.

1. Reducing GHG Emissions from Ships

Draft guidelines to support implementation of ship carbon intensity measures coming into effect in 2023 have been finalized by an International Maritime Organization Working Group.

The 12th session of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 12), meeting from 16 to 20 May, also discussed a number of concrete proposals for mid-term measures and associated impact assessments, in the context of IMO’s Work plan on the development mid-term GHG reduction measures.

2. New Delegated Act puts brakes on green hydrogen

“The European Commission’s REPowerEU package was conceived as a watershed for security of supply and climate protection. The increased targets for the expansion of renewables and the ramp-up of hydrogen are a step in the right direction. But the detailed rules around hydrogen criteria that have now been proposed will put the brakes on needed investment in the coming years. The transformation of industry will be unnecessarily delayed because the green hydrogen that is urgently needed will not be available quickly enough in the volumes required. The current detailed rules proposal will put the brakes on a good plan. Europe needs green gases as soon as possible to achieve our climate targets and for more independence from Russia.”

3. Hapag-Lloyd turns 175 years old

On 27 May 1847 – or 175 years ago – a group of shipowners and merchants founded the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft in Hamburg. Then, it was not until 1970 that Hapag-Lloyd AG emerged from Hapag’s merger with Bremen-based North German Lloyd. Further acquisitions followed, such as those of Canadian Pacific , CSAV , UASC , NileDutch and the intended incorporation of the container liner business of DAL . Today, Hapag-Lloyd is the fifth-largest container liner shipping company in the world and the largest shipping company in Germany.

4. New notification and information requirements in relation to Russia / Belarus trades

The shipping industry continues to be significantly affected by the sanctions imposed against Russia/Belarus as a consequence of the invasion of Ukraine. Members and the Club could be exposed to the risk of sanctions by reason of the involvement of Russian/Belarusian parties in the sale/purchase of cargoes, the origin and destination of Russian/Belarusian cargoes, and the ownership/management/operation/chartering of ships (“Russian/Belarusian-nexus risks”).

5. World leaders discuss deploying naval coalition to the Black Sea to help ship Ukrainian grain

Estonian president Alar Karis said in an interview with Bloomberg that negotiations are ongoing to create what the Lithuanian foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, told the Guardian newspaper would be a naval coalition “of the willing”. The UK is likely to form part of the coalition according to The Times newspaper. Any maritime corridor out of Ukraine will also have to contend with the many mines that have been placed in the Black Sea since the war began. In related news, Russia said yesterday it had completed demining the waters off the port of Mariupol, a city the Russians have recently conquered after a bitter battle.

6. Middle East container ports are the most efficient in the world

Ports in the Middle East took four of the top five spots in the second edition of the global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence. The study adds weight to the argument that much of today’s supply chain pains originate from the slow pace at American ports with US west coast ports being four times less productive than a Saudi port on the Red Sea.

7. NTSB Says Incorrectly Installed Fuel Tubing Caused Engine Room Fire on Containership Off California

An incorrectly installed section of main engine fuel oil return tubing led to an engine room fire aboard a containership off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.The fire aboard the M/V President Eisenhower broke out April 28, 2021 as the ship transited through the Santa Barbara Channel on a voyage to Oakland, California with a crew of 22.

8. U.S. Navy Climate Plan Aims to Cut Emissions and Move to Low-Carbon Fuels

The U.S. Navy released on Tuesday a climate strategy that aims to make the force more resilient to changes like sea level rise and coastal erosion while moving faster to low-carbon fuels and hybrid engines for ships and planes.

The Climate Action 2030 plan, is part of the Biden administration’s wider goal of decarbonizing the economy by 2050.

9. Players in Portugal await news about auctions, framework for offshore wind

The former government in the country – which governed as a minority – also developed a plan to auction 3-4 GW of floating wind capacity by 2026. Currently, Portugal does not have commercial-scale offshore wind, but does have a small-scale floating wind project, WindFloat Atlantic, which became fully operational in July 2020.

10. Lockdown eases in Shanghai, but shipping delays continues

THE authorities in China appears to be gradually easing its lockdown of Shanghai, but that won’t bring immediate relief to global supply-chain congestion, according to a major shipping company, reports Bloomberg

The shortage of rail, port and trucking workers in China and the US need to get resolved quicker than is currently happening as they are delaying ships at the world’s major ports, said Jeremy Nixon, chief executive officer of Ocean Network Express (ONE).


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