1. Russian ship fails to pay bill, Indian High Court says seize it
The Kerala high court in India ordered that a Russian ship, MV MAIA-I, be seized over non-payment of fuel charges of around Rs 1.87 crore ($23,503) to an Estonian firm. As the ship is carrying arms for the Indian Navy in Kochi, the court has allowed unloading of the cargo while in detention, according to The Times of India. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/07/19/russian-ship-fails-to-pay-bill-indian-high-court-says-seize-it/
2. No shortage this winter in the Netherlands if flow of Russian gas stops
Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) has investigated the consequences for the Netherlands of a possible complete cessation of the supply of Russian gas in Europe for a year. The findings show that there will be no gas shortage in the Netherlands next winter, provided a number of conditions are met. Accordingly, GTS expects that mandatory shut-off of the gas supply for consumers in the coming winter will not be necessary. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/07/19/no-shortage-this-winter-in-the-netherlands-if-flow-of-russian-gas-stops/
3. RWE and SolarDuck accelerate technology development and commercialisation of offshore floating solar at scale
RWE and the Dutch-Norwegian company SolarDuck signed a collaboration agreement to develop the use of floating solar parks at sea. To accelerate the learnings on SolarDuck’s floating solar technology, RWE will invest in a first offshore pilot in the North Sea. The project is a first step in the collaboration and lays the foundation for a larger demonstration project at the Dutch offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust West (HKW).
4. San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority awarded $14.9 Million to develop Electric Ferry Network in San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) today announced that it has won a $14.9 million grant from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) to develop a high-frequency network connecting some of San Francisco’s fastest growing neighborhoods with battery-electric ferries.
5. Liverpool dockworkers to vote on strike action in pay dispute
Hundreds of dockworkers in Liverpool are set to vote on whether to strike in a dispute over pay and conditions. The Unite union said more than 500 of its members employed at MDHC Container Services, part of British billionaire John Whittaker’s Peel Ports, would be asked to vote over industrial action that could bring one of the largest UK container ports to a “virtual standstill” at the end of August. https://splash247.com/liverpool-dockworkers-to-vote-on-strike-action-in-pay-dispute/
6. White paper finds more than 40% of Southeast Asia’s shipping pollution linked to Singapore bunker sales
The study claimed that if the world’s largest bunkering hub, which accounted for one-fifth of reported marine fuel sales globally in 2019, was accounted for GHG emissions associated with the residual fuel it sells, its total emissions impact would be four times higher than its national inventory, resulting in increased emissions per capita to six times the global average. https://splash247.com/white-paper-finds-more-than-40-of-southeast-asias-shipping-pollution-linked-to-singapore-bunker-sales/
7. House-Passed Crew Mandate Bill Seen as ‘Gut Punch’ to Offshore Wind
The House passed legislation last Thursday that offshore wind developers say poses an existential threat to the nascent industry in the US. The measure, folded into a defense authorization bill, would impose new nationality requirements for crew members working on offshore energy projects, from oil rigs to wind installations. Crews would have to be citizens or permanent residents of the US, or be from the same country under which their vessel is flagged. https://gcaptain.com/house-passed-crew-mandate-bill-seen-as-gut-punch-to-offshore-wind/
8. Fujairah Bunker Fuel Sales Fall to Four-Month Low in June
Marine fuel sales at the United Arab Emirates’ Fujairah, third largest bunkering hub in the world, fell to a four-month low in June as high bunker premiums and tight supplies capped uptake.Total bunker sales volumes were down 13% month-on-month at 647,184 cubic metres (about 619,602 tonnes) in June, based on latest data from the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone published by industry information service S&P Global Commodity Insights. https://gcaptain.com/fujairah-bunker-fuel-sales-fall-to-four-month-low-in-june/
9. ZIM installs Carrier Transicold Lynx Fleet for reefer monitoring
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has installed more than 5,000 units of Carrier Transicold’s Lynx Fleet solution onto 40-ft, high-cube refrigerated containers A statement explained ZIM chose Lynx Fleet to enhance its service offering to customers with a telematics solution that provides end-to-end cold chain visibility and reduces both cost and wastage while transporting perishables. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/zim-installs-carrier-transicold-lynx-fleet-72077
10. Container shipping spot rates still falling: What will be the new normal?
Which of these two is happier? Someone who wins $3 million in the lottery then blows $2 million in Vegas, or someone who wins $1 million in the lottery and puts it in the bank? Containerized cargo shippers face the reverse emotional scenario. Who’s less upset if spot rates quintuple? A shipper who’s used to paying $1,500 per forty-foot equivalent unit and suddenly sees rates jump to $7,500? Or one who pays $1,500 per FEU for years, gets slammed with crippling rates of $20,000
per FEU including premium charges, then gets “relief” as rates slide all the way back down to $7,500? https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Container+shipping+spot+rates+still+falling%3A+What+will+be+the+new+normal%3F