InterManager Daily News 01.03.2023.

1. IMO Secretary-General statement on Ukraine

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said that the IMO Membership and he personally remain deeply concerned about the ships and most importantly the seafarers that remain stranded in Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov since 24 February 2022. He stated: “At the start of this military conflict, some 2,000 seafarers were suddenly stranded in the affected area, on board more than 90 vessels. With the best efforts of all stakeholders, this number was reduced significantly, however over 300 seafarers and 60 ships remain stranded.

2. ICS publishes updated STCW Guide for the modern working environment

In recent years, shipping has rapidly developed and evolved to meet new realities, from working with low flash point fuels for net zero requirements to operating in polar regions, prompting changes to regulations in the IMO International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

3. HFW supports NGO on development of Geneva declaration on Human Rights at Sea

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has continued to support the development of a new Geneva Declaration designed to define and defend the human rights of the global maritime population and those crossing the world’s oceans and seas. HFW previously carried out a joint review of the Declaration on behalf of UK-based NGO Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), which produced the proposed international convention in 2022 following three years of research and drafting by a team of experts in public, international, humanitarian and refugee law.

4. Chevron announced lower carbon LNG fleet modification project with Sembcorp Marine

Chevron announced entrance into an agreement with Sembcorp Marine Repairs & Upgrades Pte. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, intending to reduce the carbon intensity of their LNG fleet operations. Under the agreement, with Sembcorp Marine’s support, Chevron will install new technologies aboard Chevronvessels to support their energy transition goals. The changes are also in alignment with decarbonisation targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

5. CLdN’s MV Delphine returns to service with Wind Propulsion System fitted

CLdN, the logistics specialist for sea, rail, and road, announced today that the MV Delphine has been successfully fitted with rotor sail wind propulsion system. She is the first vessel in the CLdN fleet to be fitted with the system and will return to service from Zeebrugge, Belgium, as from February 27.

6. New capacity enters ‘thriving’ Russian container sector

Within weeks of the first shots being fired in eastern Europe most global liners announced they were pulling out of the Russian market, with one notable exception, Swiss-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world’s largest containerline, which has made a fortune from the elevated rates in and out of the world’s largest country.

7. Five MSC ships detained in Australia in first two months of 2023

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a refusal of access direction notice the Liberian-flagged 1,732 teu containership MSC Kymea II from Australian ports for 90 days. AMSA issued the notice following months of “sub-standard performance” from the ship’s operator, MSC Shipmanagement (MSC), including critical maintenance issues.

8. USS Chancellorsville Is Renamed In Honor Of Black Ship Pilot Robert Smalls

today the US Navy announced it is renaiming a warship to honor Robert Smalls, a skilled ship pilot and statesman born into slavery in South Carolina. The ship that will be taking his name is the USS Chancellorsvill, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser in service in the United States Navy. She is named for the Battle of Chancellorsville of the Civil War, which was a victory for the Confederate States Army.

9. Opinion: World Trade Boom Keeps De-Globalization at Bay

Globalization may have peaked, but the resilience of world trade in the face of mounting headwinds means a reversal of the past three decades is not inevitable. Since the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shattered global supply chains, debate has raged over how integrated the global economy will be in the future compared with the previous 30 to 40 years.

10. Europe needs US LNG for now, but war has pushed continent toward renewables

Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine created an immediate need for U.S. oil and natural gas in Europe, but the loss of access to much of Russia’s fossil fuels strengthened the development of renewable energy across the continent. „Europe has succeeded in disentangling itself — more rapidly than just about anyone could have anticipated — from what in retrospect had been dangerously excessive dependence on Russian natural gas,” Raymond James & Associates Inc. energy analyst Pavel Molchanov said in an email.


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