InterManager Daily News 15.07.2022.

1. How South Africa’s Ugu district became the new ‘win-win’ hub for Torvald Klaveness seafarer recruitment

The Philippines has long been the world’s largest supplier of seafarers, serving up no shortage of talent to the pool of over 1.6 million sailors that make up the backbone of global logistics. At Klaveness, the fleet is largely made up of its own share of dedicated Filipinos, Romanians, a minority share of other Europeans, and now, thanks to the vision of VP Maritime Personnel Torbjørn Eide, a 5% (and growing) share of South Africans.

2. Global piracy and armed robbery incidents at lowest level in decades

IMB’s latest global piracy report details 58 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships – the lowest total since 1994 – down from 68 incidents during the same period last year. In the first six months of 2022, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 55 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks and one vessel hijacked.

3. IMO celebrates graduating women maritime leaders

Thirty women from maritime administrations across the globe have completed the first ever Leadership Accelerator Programme run by Maritime SheEO, designed to equip women with leadership skills and the confidence to progress in their careers. A virtual graduation ceremony for participants was held on 30 June 2022.

4. Congestion Alert for Dry Bulk Carriers at Rotterdam

Congestion for Dry Bulk Carriers at Rotterdam has soared due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.Since the outbreak of war in late February, the average waiting time for a Bulker at Europe’s busiest port has often been above the high end of its three year range. But over the seven week period from May 9th to June 29th, it escalated from 48 hours to 186 hours, as shown in Figure 1 below. It has since eased to 113 hours but remains very high for the time of year.

5. Korean Register convenes the 17th KR European Committee Meeting

Korean Register held its 17th KR European Committee meeting in London, UK, on 4 July. The annual meeting was first established in 2004, when current KR Chairman & CEO, Hyungchul LEE served as the General Manager of the KR London Branch Office.

6. Families of Beirut port blast victims file $250m lawsuit in US

Accountability Now, a Swiss foundation that supports Lebanese civil society efforts to put an end to the impunity of the country’s leaders, filed a $250m lawsuit in Texas on July 11 against U.S.-Norwegian geophysical services group TGS in relation to the 2020 explosion at the Port of Beirut. The lawsuit’s nine plaintiffs are either Americans or relatives of an American.

7. Rhode Island port ready for wind energy projects

The Quonset Development Corporation has completed an $83.1m expansion and modernisation project at the Port of Davisville in Rhode Island, the state’s only public port. The project involved extending the port’s Pier 2 by 232 feet, creating a third berthing space, and dredging the port to accommodate larger ships. It has prepared Davisville for future wind energy projects.

8. Dubai set to trial container condition monitoring tech

Container analytics company ConexBird has developed and patented a solution to measure the physical condition of shipping containers, whilst they are being lifted by container cranes: this involves real-time resonance testing of each container during handling, with raw measurements being processed by machine learning software.

9. Progress Reported in Ukrainian Grain Export Talks

Negotiations over unblocking millions of tons of Ukraine’s grain exports were constructive, according to Ukraine, the United Nations and Turkey, marking an initial step forward in bolstering global food supplies and aiding the country’s beleaguered farm sector.

10. Dubai is ranked the best shipping centre in the Arab world and fifth globally

Dubai has been ranked the top shipping centre in the Arab world and the fifth best globally this year, making it the only Middle East city on the top 10 list. Singapore retained its rank as the top international maritime hub for the ninth consecutive year in 2022, according to the Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index. The top five international shipping centres in 2022 are Singapore, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai.


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