InterManager Daily News 25.01.2023.

1. Columbia Ship Management Saudi Arabia sees ABS certification as underlining its commitment to quality

The Columbia Group’s Saudi Arabia office has underlined its total commitment to service quality by becoming the first company in the Kingdom to be awarded the ABS HSQE Certificate of Company Compliance. The recognition certifies that CSM Saudi Arabia complies with the Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental requirements of the ABS Guide for Marine Health, Safety, Quality, Environmental and Energy Management.

2. Thome Group transfers 100 ships to Marlink’s hybrid network to streamline digital operations

Marlink, the smart solutions company, has signed an agreement to provide hybrid network connectivity services to at least 100 ships operated by shipmanager Thome Group. The contract will guarantee that the vessels are equipped with Marlink’s high speed VSAT service as well as L-band back-up to ensure flexible guaranteed bandwidth at all times.

3. Meeting the Challenges of Changing Markets after COVID-19

Reliable partnerships and relationships are critical to handling the dynamic market conditions the world is experiencing post-pandemic. Stable policies and a future-forward outlook provide the necessary strong platform for economic growth and development.

4. Grimaldi Group brings its ammonia-ready car carrier order book to 15

The orderbook for the Grimaldi fleet keeps growing. As part of the agreement signed in late October with China Merchants Heavy Industries Jiangsu (a company part of China Merchant Industry Holdings – CMI) for the construction of five new PCTC (Pure Car & Truck Carrier) vessels, the Group exercised the option for another five units. With this operation, the total number of car carriers ordered by the Neapolitan company in less than three months has risen to fifteen.

5. Floating LNG terminal arrives at Brunsbüttel and increases German liquid gas import capacity

This morning, the floating liquefied natural gas terminal “Hoegh Gannet” arrived at Brunsbüttel’s Elbehafen port near Hamburg. In the near future, liquid gas from LNG carriers can be regasified and then fed into the German gas network via this Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).

6. India’s proposed ship age limits to have negligible effect on the global merchant fleet

Splash reported five days ago about new rules be issued by New Delhi whereby no bulk carrier, tanker or general cargo ship aged 25 or older will be allowed to call at Indian ports. For gas carriers, offshore vessels and boxships the age limit will be set at 30 years. Locally flagged ships will be deregistered when they hit these new age limits.

7. Oregon State University building first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site in the US

PacWave South will be the first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site in the United States. The facility will offer wave-energy developers the opportunity to try different technologies for harnessing the power of ocean waves and transmitting that energy to the local electrical grid.

8. Arctic Snow Crab Case Before Norway’s Supreme Court Could Impact Oil and Mineral Rights

Norway’s Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear arguments on whether EU ships can fish for snow crab off the Arctic islands north of Norway, in a case that could decide who has the right to explore for oil and minerals in the region. At stake is whether EU vessels have the right to catch snow crab, whose meat is considered a delicacy by gourmets in Japan and South Korea, in the same way than Norwegian vessels do.

9. Free engineering for replacement BWMS

“We often hear about issues with older BWMS on ships,” said DESMI Ocean Guard sales director Christian Busch. “Some of them do not comply with the rules defined by the US Coast Guard or IMO.” “Some shipowners have installed BWMS, expecting the systems would receive approval, only to discover they did not actually get it. Other systems do not perform according to the customer’s expectations, or they are unreliable.”

10. Russian seaborne crude exports rebound to two-month high in January, report says

Russian seaborne crude exports rebounded in January after falling sharply last month as an EU embargo and a G7 price cap came into effect, according to Rystad Energy estimates.

Russian oil exports by sea rose to a two-month high of 3.2 million barrels per day in the second week of January, after dropping to an average of 2.6 million bpd in December, the Norway-based consultancy said.


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