InterManager Daily News 03.06.2022.

1. European shipowners and fuel suppliers join forces and propose amendments to FuelEU Maritime

ECSA, EWABA, eFuel Alliance, the Advanced Biofuels Coalition and GoodFuels call on the Parliament and the Council to amend the Commission’s FuelEU Maritime proposal to ensure that shipowners and fuels suppliers together play a key role under the new system. For the Regulation to achieve its objectives, the associations call for the introduction of robust requirements on Member States to ensure that fuel suppliers in European ports deliver compliant fuels to ships in sufficient quantities.

2. Hapag-Lloyd acquires container liner business of Africa specialist Deutsche Afrika-Linien

“We are very pleased with the closing of the transaction and looking forward to welcoming the DAL colleagues,” says Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd. “With their broad experience and market knowledge, they will significantly support us to further grow in Africa, which remains an important strategic market for us. We will now fully integrate the DAL’s container liner activities into our business.” Particularly for the service offering from and to South Africa, DAL is a valuable addition, allowing Hapag-Lloyd to offer their customers a better network and additional port coverage in this region.

3. MCTC announces partnership with product tanker firm TORM to deliver catering services to its fleet of 75 vessels

MCTC has introduced its vast range of catering services to TORM crew members including its full catering management programme, which is delivered with a complimentary training package to enhance the skillset of crew members.The company’s full Catering Competence Development Programme will be delivered to crews, alongside full management of all the vessels’ catering needs, including budget management, recipe planning and ordering of provisions. Crew members will also have access to expert advice on health and nutrition, fitness, wellbeing and mental health.

4. Idwal expands Operations in Greece and Eastern Mediterranean

UK vessel inspection business announces the opening of Greek office in recognition of growing customer base in the region as team heads into busy week at Posidonia

Headed by experienced maritime professional, Konstantinos Machairas, Idwal’s Greek team will help strengthen the company’s relationships within this strategically important region and enable them to react more rapidly to customers’ requirements.

5. How to use big data for maritime risk management

Adrian Clifton, writes for maritime safety management company HiLo. He explains what big data is, how it works, and the benefits it can have for shipping organisations.

Big data is one of the most talked about recent developments in business, and with good reason: it is revolutionising knowledge and efficiency.

6. Port of Oakland conducting study on widening turning basins to facilitate bigger ships

The Port of Oakland this week released a notice of preparation to begin an environmental review for a potential project to widen its federal turning basins. The port has partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) San Francisco District for the study. A draft environmental impact report is expected to be ready for public review in early 2023.

7. Shanghai Faces Long Road to Recovery as Lockdown Lifts

Shanghai faces weeks, if not months, of slow recovery until economic activity can fully bounce back from the crippling Covid lockdown that began in March.

Based on the experiences of other Chinese cities like Wuhan in 2020 and Jilin earlier this year, it will take time for shops to reopen or factories to secure supplies and ramp up production. Labor shortages could emerge and the knock to business and consumer confidence will likely linger.

8. Change of Command: Admiral Linda Fagan Becomes 27th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Adm. Karl L. Schultz was relieved as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Linda L. Fagan during a military change-of-command ceremony presided over by President Biden at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters on Wednesday.

With the change-of-command, Adm. Fagan becomes the first woman to lead a branch of the U.S. military. “It’s about time,” President Biden said in during the ceremony.

9. Decarbonisation defence in the tanker boardroom

Carbon emissions are causing divisions in the boardrooms of US-listed tanker companies, with directors using decarbonisation strategies to ward off corporate raiders

It was not so long ago that an attempt to take over a tanker company or force through a hostile takeover was predicated on “shareholder value” with the raider stressing to the current shareholders the lack of growth in dividends or other financial metrics as evidence the current board of directors was failing in its duty to maximise returns to shareholders.

10. IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project extended

The IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project, which provides support to developing countries to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from ships, has been extended to December 2023. Phase I of the project was scheduled to end on 19 May 2022 but was granted an extension by the Government of Norway in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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