InterManager Daily News 25.08.2022.

1. Columbia Shipmanagement agrees exclusive crew training deal with Nautilus Pacific Maritime Training in Manila

Columbia Shipmanagement has underlined its commitment to top level training of its crew by signing an agreement with the Nautilus Pacific Maritime Training Centre in Manila to be the exclusive training centre for its seafarers in the Philippines.

2. Strikes by dockworkers at Felixstowe; analysis of supply chain impact by Container xChange

European supply chains are set for further disruption as transport unions step up industrial action in response to soaring inflation.

“Even minor interruptions to port operations can have a major impact on container line network efficiency and cause a domino effect up and down supply chains,” said Christian Roeloffs, CEO & Co-founder of Container xChange.

3. The factors affecting the seafarers’ motivation and recommendations for implementable ways to ensure their efficient motivation and welfare

Nowadays, the human element is receiving gradually more attention, either due to the fact that it is considered a means which has the potential to make a shipping firm more competitive to the market, or even because the human error constitutes approximately 80 % to 90% of all shipping accidents.

4. TotalEnergies announces significant offshore gas discovery in Block 6 Cyprus

TotalEnergies and Eni (operator) have made a significant gas discovery at the Cronos-1 well, in Block 6, offshore Cyprus. This discovery follows the Calypso-1 discovery made on the same Block in 2018. Located at approximately 160 km southwest of the Cyprus coast, Cronos-1 encountered several good quality carbonate reservoir intervals and confirmed overall net gas pay of more than 260 meters.

5. Regional liner squeeze takes harsh toll on developing nations

Despite a year-on-year cellular fleet growth of 3.8% as of August 1, three trades have shown a significant reduction over the past 12 months, according to Alphaliner. The intra-Europe trade was the worst hit as the total capacity of cellular ships deployed in dedicated intra-European services was down 14.2% on August 1 compared to last year.

6. Chinese yard debuts easy to install sail kit

Shipowners contemplating wind-assisted technology to cut their fuel bills have an ever growing selection of options to choose from. The latest to throw their hat into the mix is China’s Jiangnan Shipyard whose Jiangnan Smart Sail is based on sha-ch’uans or sand boats, Chinese junks that used to be a common sight around Chongming island to the north of Shanghai where the yard is based.

7. Canada and Germany Ink Transatlantic Green Hydrogen Pact

Canada intends to start shipping green hydrogen produced by wind farms to Germany by 2025, the first step in a partnership to help Europe’s biggest economy reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz signed a five-year hydrogen accord on Tuesday in Newfoundland and Labrador, a remote province on Canada’s east coast with abundant wind power potential.

8. General Average Declared for ZIM Charleston After Container Fire

The law of General Average has been declared for the ZIM Charlestoncontainership following a fire in stacks of containers earlier this month, reports marine casualty management firm WK Webster. The 8.500 TEU ship suffered a fire in cargo hold no. 4 while underway off of Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 8th. Reports indicate approximately 300 containers may have been affected by the fire and subsequent efforts to extinguish it.

9. Offshore helicopter market bounces back

The Russia-Ukraine war-driven boom in oil and gas prices has triggered a rapid recovery in the offshore helicopter sector, as rigs become busier. Activity in the benchmark heavy- and super-medium category of rotorcraft is now rapidly returning to pre-Covid levels.

10. Shippers unlikely to see lower insurance premiums despite lesser Indian Ocean piracy risk: sources

Shipowners and charterers carrying commodities in the Indian Ocean are unlikely to see lower insurance premiums in the near term despite industry bodies’ decision to remove the region’s High Risk Area, or HRA, status, several maritime executives said Aug. 23.The piracy situation near Somalia has improved, which has warranted the decision of key international shipping associations to remove its HRA status, though that will not take effect until next year, a maritime insurance executive in Singapore said.


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