InterManager Daily News 16.12.2022.

1. ICS says shipping will overcome challenges and thrive in 2023

The shipping industry can overcome geopolitical challenges and thrive, said the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Greek Branch at its 17th Annual Forum. The recent event, ‘Moving Forward with the World in Turmoil’, was held on December 7 at the Eugenides Foundation and was broadcasted live around the world.

2. Aquametro Oil and Marine supports local Maritime Search and Rescue Service with a donation

Since its founding in 1865, the DGzRS (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger = German Maritime Search & Rescue Service) is responsible for the maritime search & rescue service in the German areas of the North Sea and Baltic Sea. While in many countries, maritime search & rescue service is ensured by state authorities, the DGzRS as a non-governmental organization is exclusively supported by donations – without any governmental financial support.

3. Lord Jeffrey Mountevans appointed new Baltic Exchange Chairman

Lord Jeffrey Mountevans has been appointed Chairman of the Baltic Exchange Council with effect from 1 January 2023. He succeeds Denis Petropoulos, who has held the position since June 2019. A former Lord Mayor of London (2015/2016) and ex-Clarksons shipbroker, Lord Mountevans is an elected hereditary cross-bench member of the House of Lords where he plays an active role on maritime, defence and Reserves and Cadet issues. He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Baltic Exchange in 2016.

4. Over 100 women speakers have joined the IMO and WISTA International Speakers Bureau in the first month since the launch

In less than a month, more than one hundred women leaders have registered as speakers on the new Maritime Speakers Bureau platform. The platform was launched by the International Maritime Organization and Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association in Geneva, and was created to encourage women in maritime to register as speakers for events where they can inspire, educate and engage with audiences throughout the maritime industries.

5. New IMO Gender Equality Award established

The Council agreed to establish an annual IMO Gender Equality Award. The Award will recognize persons, irrespective of their gender and rank, who work in the maritime sector, including governments, industry, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and who have made a verifiable contribution to the empowerment of women in the maritime sector at the national, regional or international level.

6. Whatever happened to Chinese leasing?

What is going to happen with China leasing? It seems like all the top names in this sector have been arrested. When the banks were reducing their shipping exposure over the past decade, it was Chinese leasing which filled the gap. Now there’s a noticeable hole. Sure, Japanese operating licences are increasing as are Taiwanese ones, filling a bit of the gap, but it will prove impossible to fill this huge void.

7. Cal Maritime rocked by series of sexual misconduct cases

“Long-standing claims of sexual harassment and misconduct, homophobia, transphobia and racism on campus and during training cruises have roiled Cal Maritime and triggered an atmosphere of dread for many students,” a Los Angeles Times report claimed, detailing multiple cases of harassment, assault and rape.

8. Imports Lull Continues at Port of Long Beach

Containerized imports through the Port of Long Beach fell by nearly a third in November amid reduced orders from retailers, full warehouses and shifting trade to East and Gulf coast ports, the port reported Wednesday.Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 588,742 TEU last month, down 21% from November 2021, with imports sliding a precipitous 28.4% to 259,442 TEUs—the lowest for the month dating back to 2011. Empty containers moving through the port also decreased 25.2% to 204,313 TEUs.

9. Russia Sets Up Baltic Sea Ship-to-Ship Terminal for Tankers

Russia has set up a site in the Baltic Sea to allow it to transfer refined fuels from one vessel onto another in a bid to help it overcome a stretched tanker market before the onset of European Union sanctions.

10. Europe Fills Up On Diesel Cargoes as Russian Sanctions Near

Europe is bringing in diesel cargoes from around the world at close to a record pace ahead of the coming ban on shipments from its biggest external supplier. In the first 10 days of this month, the UK and European Union imported more than 16 million barrels of diesel-type fuel via ship — a rate that, if continued, would make December’s total the second-highest since at least the start of 2016, according to data provided by Vortexa Ltd. and compiled by Bloomberg.


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