InterManager Daily News 29.09.2022.

1. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway advises about the leaks from the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic

With reference to the current position concerning leaks from the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic, and observations of unidentified drones/aircraft on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) would specify the following.

2. Hanwha Group set to expand defence business by acquiring DSME

Since 2015, 4.1 trillion won in Korean taxpayers’ money has been put into Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to keep the ailing company afloat, but it will be sold off to Hanwha Group for no more than two trillion won, which is less than half of the public money spent on it

3. Mandatory reporting of lost containers draft SOLAS and MARPOL requirements agreed

The Sub-Committee agreed draft new requirements for mandatory reporting of lost freight containers at sea. Containers lost overboard can be a serious hazard to navigation and safety at sea in general, in particular to recreational sailing vessels, fishing vessels and other small craft, as well as to the marine environment.

4. MOL signs ‘Making Net-Zero Ammonia Possible’ Proposal from Public-Private Partnership for Decarbonisation in which a World Economic Forum Participates

The proposal identifies this decade as a critical period toward the decarbonization of the ammonia industry by 2030, and sets out specific action requirements for stakeholders on what clean energy, industrial plants, and policy reforms, etc. should look like across the entire value chain in order to reach the Paris Agreement targets by 2050 .

5. China rolls out its first VLCC with four rigid wing sails

China Merchants Energy Shipping and China Shipbuilding Trading Company have taken delivery of the first ever very large crude carrier (VLCC) built in China featuring four 40 m long rigid wing sails. The 307,000 dwt vessel built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) has been named New Aden, and according to the China Classification Society (CCS) it is one of the most advanced VLCCs ever built in China.

6. Bourbon sets up offshore wind division

The company said the Bourbon Wind division would support its ambitious wind development plan to serve fields from 250 MW to 1 GW by 2030 and its goals of becoming a major player in the entire value chain including pre-studies, transport and installation services, field maintenance, floater repair and personnel transport.

7. European gas prices soar following damage to Nord Stream pipelines

The price of European natural gas has soared on warnings of possible sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines, deepening uncertainty about the continent’s energy security amid rising fears of running short of fuel over the winter. European gas benchmark, the Dutch TTF, jumped more than 10% on Wednesday to approach €210/MWh after a 7% rise the day before, reversing the recent downward trend. Prices are still below this year’s peaks but remain more than 200% higher than in early September 2021.

8. Ulstein Introduces High-Capacity Offshore Wind Foundation Installation Vessel Design

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein has unveiled a new design for a high-capacity offshore wind turbine foundation installation vessel. Clarksons Platou Securities has called foundation installation vessels “the most under-ordered segment in offshore wind” as the size of turbines—and foundations—continues to grow larger.

9. Norwegian Navy to Protect Offshore Oil and Gas Installations

Norway will deploy its military to protect its oil and gas installations against possible sabotage after several countries said two Russian pipelines to Europe spewing gas into the Baltic had been attacked, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

10. Port of Felixstowe: Fresh strikes at UK’s busiest container port

Workers at the Port of Felixstowe are walking out between 27 September and 5 October after the union Unite rejected an imposed pay deal.

About 1,900 union members took action for eight days last month, with Unite asking for a pay rise to match the rate of inflation – currently at about 10%.


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