1. Marina Glykis Hadjimanolis the new Shipping Deputy Minister of Cyprus
Five years after the establishment of the Shipping DeputyMinistry and after an absolutely successful term, Vassilis Demetriades is handing over his baton to Marina Glykis Hadjimanolis. The appointment of Glykis-Hadjimanolis, as head of Cyprus’ Shipping Deputy Ministry is seen as a sign that shipping will continue to enjoy a direct line to the country’s president though the deputy minister has in the past had little direct involvement in shipping unlike her popular predecessor at the ministry, Vassilis Demetriades, who was a seasoned shipping policymaker at the European Commission. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2023/03/02/marina-glykis-hadjimanolis-the-new-shipping-deputy-minister-of-cyprus/
2. Gard Insurance initiative protecting the lives and wellbeing of seafarers
The Norwegian Center for Maritime and Diving Medicine and GARD have collaborated on a one-of-its-kind international digital medical guide to improve the health and medical care of seafarers onboard ships.
3. MOL concludes MoU on building clean Hydrogen Ammonia Value Chain in Thailand
Collaboration with EGAT, Mitsubishi Thailand and Chiyoda Corporation
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding on building a clean hydrogen and ammonia value chain derived from renewable energy sources in southern Thailand, with the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand , Mitsubishi Company , and Chiyoda Corporation. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2023/03/07/mol-concludes-mou-on-building-clean-hydrogen-ammonia-value-chain-in-thailand/
4. AD Ports Group enters the Uzbekistan Logistics Market via Joint Venture with SEG ENERA Group
AD Ports Group , a leading facilitator of global trade, logistics, and industry, and SEG ENERA Group, one of the largest multisectoral holding companies in Uzbekistan, announced the formation of a new joint venture, ADL-Ulanish, that will provide end-to-end global logistics services across the Republic of Uzbekistan. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2023/03/07/ad-ports-group-enters-the-uzbekistan-logistics-market-via-joint-venture-with-seg-enera-group/
5. Bahri inks non-binding MoU with Suez Canal Authority for cooperation in establishing a joint venture
Driven by its commitment to exploring regional cooperation horizons to achieve its growth objectives and enhance its global position, Bahri, the national shipping company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a global leader in transportation and logistics, has signed a non-binding renewable six-month agreement with the Suez Canal Authority, an independent general Egyptian Authority responsible for the canal facility’s affairs, a key global shipping lane.
6. Vale invests in more rotor sails
Having installed a first Norsepower rotor sail on a 325,000 dwt bulk carrier newbuild two years ago, Brazilian miner Vale has given the tech a big thumbs up. Vale and Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) have announced they will retrofit a pair of 200,000 dwt bulkers to add more Norsepower rotor sails. The installation of the rotor sails is expected in the first half of 2024. https://splash247.com/vale-invests-in-more-rotor-sails/
7. New Jersey opens third offshore wind energy solicitation
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has opened the application window for the state’s third solicitation for offshore wind energy development. The state is looking to award between 1.2 GW and 4 GW of offshore wind capacity, building on its previously awarded 3.75 GW. https://splash247.com/new-jersey-opens-third-offshore-wind-energy-solicitation/
8. Valaris to Reactivate DS-8 Drillship for Petrobras Contract in Brazil
Offshore drilling contractor Valaris will reactivate its ultra-deepwater drillship DS-8 for a three-year contract with Brazilian state-owned energy company Petrobras valued at approximately $500 million.
The contract includes a $30 million mobilization fee. https://gcaptain.com/valaris-to-reactivate-ds-8-drillship-for-petrobras-contract-in-brazil/
9. New York Times Reports Potential Breakthrough in Nord Stream Sabotage Investigation
New intelligence reviewed by U.S. officials suggests that a pro-Ukraine group – likely comprised of Ukrainians or Russians – attacked the Nord Stream gas pipelines in September, but there are no firm conclusions, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
There was no evidence that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy or other Ukrainian government officials were behind the attacks which spewed natural gas into the Baltic Sea, the newspaper reported, citing U.S. officials. https://gcaptain.com/new-york-times-reports-potential-breakthrough-in-nord-stream-sabotage-investigation/
10. Global corn buyers may finally be headed for US supply as competition wanes
Year-to-date U.S. corn export figures may look grim, though an upturn could be brewing as rival corn suppliers Brazil, Argentina and Ukraine may not have the supplies and/or capacity to do sizable business over the next several months.However, the road ahead is steep for U.S. exporters as sales are well behiud the normal pace. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Global+corn+buyers+may+finally+be+headed+for+US+supply+as+competition+wanes