1. MCTC creates fitness challenge for seafarers to encourage crews to keep fit and active while onboard
International leading catering management provider MCTC is demonstrating its commitment to keeping crews fit and healthy by running its own fitness challenge for crews to compete in.
As well as providing full catering management and training, MCTC is also dedicated to offering wellbeing support to crews with various initiatives. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/30/mctc-creates-fitness-challenge-for-seafarers-to-encourage-crews-to-keep-fit-and-active-while-onboard/
2. Pacific International Lines appoints Lars Kastrup as Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Directors of Pacific International Lines (PIL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Lars Kastrup as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PIL on 1 July 2022. As CEO of PIL, Mr Kastrup is responsible for leading PIL’s continued growth and development including its sustainability transformation path towards net zero carbon emissions. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/07/02/pacific-international-lines-appoints-lars-kastrup-as-chief-executive-officer/
3. 2 MOL operated vessels earn 2021 ‘Best Quality Ship Awards’ of Japan Federation of Pilots’ Association
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, announced that the Japan Federation of Pilots’ Association has presented its Best Quality Ship Award for fiscal year 2021 to two MOL-operated vessels—the LNG carrier LNG SATURN and the bulk carrier TAIYO. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/07/01/2-mol-operated-vessels-earn-2021-best-quality-ship-awards-of-japan-federation-of-pilots-association/
4. Global LNG carrier market continuing to grow
Clarksons Research announced on June 29 that a total of 108 LNG carriers were ordered in the first half of this year. The figure is an all-time high, exceeds last year’s total, 86, and increased even with the overall new ship orders on the decline in that period. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/07/01/global-lng-carrier-market-continuing-to-grow/
5. PMA and ILWU continue talks on new labour agreement after contract expires
Negotiations for a new labour contract covering more than 22,000 dockworkers at 29 US West Coast ports will continue to move forward after the contract between the two sides expired on July 1.
While there will be no contract extension, cargo will keep moving and normal operations will continue at the ports until a new agreement is reached, said the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) in a joint statement on July 1. https://splash247.com/pma-and-ilwu-continue-talks-on-new-labour-agreement-after-contract-expires/
6. Proposed baseball stadium at Port of Oakland moves forward despite opposition
The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) has voted to remove the port priority use designation from the Port of Oakland’s Howard property, a major step in the process for the proposed development of the property as a Major League Baseball stadium, despite significant pushback, and lawsuits, from the shipping industry.
7. Israeli Naval Ship Intercepts Drones Launched At Gas Rig
Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Saturday it had sent three unarmed drones towards an Israeli Mediterranean gas rig, which the Israeli military said it had intercepted.
The Iranian-backed Shi’ite armed group said the drones launched towards the Karish gas field, in waters claimed by both countries, had been on a reconnaissance mission. “The message was delivered,” it said. https://gcaptain.com/israeli-naval-ship-intercepts-drones-launched-at-gas-rig/
8. New Gulf Of Mexico Oil Refinery Opens
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador formally opened a major new oil refinery on Friday, a signature project for the leftist leader who argues it will help the country cut a longstanding dependence on foreign gasoline and diesel supplies. https://gcaptain.com/new-gulf-of-mexico-oil-refinery-opens/
9. ECSA welcomes Council’s position on ETS ‘polluter pays’ principle but warns more is needed to earmark revenues
ECSA welcomes the Council’s strong support on the mandatory pass-through of ETS costs to the commercial operator of the vessel, which upholds the “polluter-pays principle”. The Council’s common position on the pass-through of the ETS costs follows up on the adoption of a similar position by the European Parliament earlier this month. The retention of the phase-in period and the gradual inclusion of emissions from shipping over a four-year period is also key to ensure a smooth transition for the sector. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/ECSA+welcomes+Council%E2%80%99s+position+on+ETS+%E2%80%98polluter+pays%E2%80%99+principle+but+warns+more+is+needed+to+earmark+revenues
10. AD Ports Group Agrees to Acquire Majority Stakes in Egypt’s Transmar and Transcargo International (TCI)
AD Ports Group, the vertically integrated trade enabler, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire a 70 percent equity stake in International Associated Cargo Carrier B.V., which wholly owns two Egypt-based maritime companies, Transmar International Shipping Company (“Transmar”) and Transcargo International S.A.E. (“TCI”).