InterManager Daily News 16.09.2022.

1. Surviving, or even thriving within the male-dominated shipping industry? Yet another inspiring woman leading the way

Katerina Raptaki, Digital Transformation, Cyber Security and e-Governance specialist, Navios Group of Companies

Former president of AMMITEC – current member of the BoD

Katerina has a leading position in the ICT department of Navios Group of companies, one of the top global brands in seaborne shipping,including 2 NYSE-listed companies, with branches in cities all over the world, owning and managing more than 200 vessels.

2. When is a vessel’s income earning capacity at risk?

Managing marine risks is not an easy task, which requires special knowledge and expertise on the subjectper se. Customarily, big ship management companies, operating a large number of vessels, employ a small army of marine professionals, manning different shipping departments, i.eChartering, Marine insurance, Technical, Finance, Accounting, ISM, S&P, IT, Crew, Trading, Legal, Projects, Administration, and Operations department, which have to synchronise, when necessary, working together to discover the optimum solution(s) for managing risks timely, at the lowest possible cost, for their ship owners benefit.

3. Evac strengthens its footprint in Greece

“Greece is a maritime nation with a long and respected legacy. With this acquisition, we strengthen our focus and increase the engagement with ship owners, yards, and design offices to widen the range of Evac’s waste and wastewater management systems and services applied in the Greek market,” says Björn Ullbro, Chief Commercial Officer of Evac Group.

4. KVH partners with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) to serve Greek Seafarers with native content through KVH Link

KVH announces an enhanced content service focused on a large segment of the commercial maritime crew population: the Greek seafarer. Through a collaboration with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), KVH now offers customized Greek-focused content to provide connections to home and to enhance the wellbeing of these seafarers.

5. Congestion alert as US railroads brace for strikes

To add to the myriad supply chain woes across the US, a national work stoppage of the nation’s railroads starting tomorrow is causing widespread alarm. The six Class I freight railroads in the US started early this week to prepare for the possibility of a system shutdown starting on Friday, when the 30-day cooling-down period mandated by the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) established on July 17 by President Biden comes to an end.

6. Port of Long Beach set to improve efficiency with $170m dredging project

A channel deepening project that will help move cargo more efficiently to and from the US advanced this week after the Long Beach Harbor Commission concluded an extensive environmxental review process and greenlit the endeavour. The Port of Long Beach and the federal government will share the costs, estimated at almost $170m. The port’s portion is estimated at $109m.

7. Typhoon Muifa Hits Major Eastern China Port Hub

Powerful gales and torrential rains battered Zhoushan in eastern China on Wednesday as Typhoon Muifa made landfall at the port city in what local media called the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the populous Yangtze River Delta in a decade. Muifa landed around 8:30 p.m.(1230 GMT) as a strong typhoon, the second-highest in China’s tropical cyclone classification system, with the maximum wind speed near its center reaching 42 meters per second, according to state weather forecasters.

8. ABS Awards Approval in Principle to World’s First Methanol-Powered Newcastlemax Bulk Carrier

International classification society the American Bureau of Shipping has granted its approval in principle for the world’s first methanol-powered Newcastlemax bulk carrier.

The AIP was awarded to China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding CO., LTD and China Ship Design & Research Center Co., Ltd (CSDC). The dual-fuel, 210,000 dwt bulk carrier is also equipped with the methanol tank capacity to fully meet endurance requirements on methanol fuel alone.

9. Port of Felixstowe workers set dates for second strike

Workers’ union Unite confirms strike dates, which will overlap with a separate strike in the UK by Liverpool port workers, as Port of Felixstowe owners impose 7% pay rise rejected by union members

Workers’ union Unite, representing 1,900 Felixstowe port workers in a dispute over pay, said the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company did not improve its 7% pay rise offer and that Unite members rejected the offer in a vote, prompting strike action for eight days, from 27 September-5 October.

10. Baltic dry bulk index rises on gains across vessel segments

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, extended gains on Wednesday, helped by an uptick across all vessel segments led by a jump in the larger capesize segment. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, and supramax shipping vessels, was up 187 points, or about 13.3%, its largest gain in over seven months, at 1,595.


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