InterManager Daily News 26.01.2023.

1. Cyprus Shipping Deputy Minister welcomes Royal Caribbean’s plans to open an office in Cyprus and their decision to register one of its cruise ships, the Spectrum of the Seas, in the Cyprus Ships Registry

Cyprus’ Shipping Deputy Minister, Vassilios Demetriades, welcomed on Monday Royal Caribbean’s plans to open an office in Cyprus, noting that this was “a tangible example of the way the Government turns a crisis into an opportunity”. In a written statement, Demetriades also welcomes Royal Caribbean’s decision to register one of its cruise ships, the Spectrum of the Seas, in the Cyprus Ships Registry. The vessel flies the Cypriot flag since last Friday, Demetriades said.

2. 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.

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. Increased freight volumes at the Port of Gothenburg in 2022

The strained situation in the global transport system that has prevailed over the year has been managed well at the Port of Gothenburg. The port has also increased the freight volume handled in total, and is also winning market shares in all segments

5. New report lays out road map for comprehensive US offshore wind supply chain

The Business Network for Offshore Wind, the National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium (NOWRDC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and several other organisations have released a report, A Supply Chain Road Map for Offshore Wind Energy in the United States, that identifies how the US can develop the domestic supply chain required to achieve the national offshore wind target of 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.

6. Oaktree selling further stake in Hafnia

US private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management has moved to sell 25.2m shares in the Oslo-listed product tanker unit of BW Group, Hafnia. Oaktree-controlled OCM Luxembourg Chemical Tankers has hired Fearnley Securities, Jefferies and Pareto Securities to explore a potential block sale of existing shares equal to approximately 5.01% through a private placement.

7. Simon Møkster Shipping bags MMT vessel extension

Norwegian shipowner Simon Møkster Shipping has secured more work with Swedish marine survey specialist MMT for the multipurpose support vessel Stril Explorer.The Ocean Infinity company has exercised the option to add additional six months to the contract keeping the vessel busy until October 2023.

8. Eneti Reveals Offshore Wind Contracts for Seajacks

Eneti said two new contacts were signed in northwest Europe for one of its NG2500-class jackup vessels. The contacts cover between 75 and 102 days and will generate revenue of approximately $5.7 million to $7.1 million in 2023. Additional extensions were also negotiated for another one of Seajacks’ NG2500-class jackups which will generate an additional EUR 2.9 million of revenue.

9. Port of Charleston Sets Cargo Record in 2022

The Port of Charleston handled a record 2.8 million TEUs in 2022, joining other East and Gulf Coast ports that also reported record cargo volumes in 2022. South Carolina Ports announced says 2022’s TEU volume marked an increase of 1.5% over 2021. When accounting for containers of any size, SC Ports moved more than 1.5 million pier containers in 2022, a 1% increase from 2021.

10. ICS Publications launches ground breaking diversity and inclusion toolkit for the maritime industry to inspire change and raise awareness

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its first publication on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the maritime industry to aid businesses and organisations with best practice and guidance.

The ICS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Shipping is now available to order and provides resources and guidance to enable maritime businesses to introduce and embrace policies and engage a positive approach to D&I issues, with the ultimate goal of boosting business efficiency and improved performance.


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