InterManager Daily News 29.03.2023.

1. Joint visit of the Minister of Transport, Shipping Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister of Tourism to the Port of Limassol. A joint meeting was held on 23rd March, at the Port of Limassol, between the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr. Alexis Vafeadis, the Shipping Deputy Minister, Ms. Marina Hadjimanolis and the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Kostas Koumis. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2023/03/27/joint-visit-of-the-minister-of-transport-shipping-deputy-minister-deputy-minister-of-tourism-to-the-port-of-limassol/
2. Cyprus Shipping Chamber welcomes the agreement on the FuelEU Maritime Regulation as an essential development for the green transition of Shipping. The Cyprus Shipping Chamber welcomes the provisional agreement reached on 23 March 2023 between the EU Parliament and the EU Council on FuelEU Maritime. This agreement is another positive step towards establishing the right conditions for the energy transition of shipping.https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2023/03/27/cyprus-shipping-chamber-welcomes-the-agreement-on-the-fueleu-maritime-regulation-as-an-essential-development-for-the-green-transition-of-shipping/
3. Foreign Seafarers as Material Witnesses – Modern Day Subjugation? Worldwide, there are signs and placards throughout airports, train stations, seaports, and bus stops offering assistance to individuals who may be experiencing being held against their will. They often pose a series of questions along the lines of the following: “Is someone . . . holding your passport or personal documents; threatening you or your family; controlling your movements; and/or forbidding you to go anywhere or speak with anyone you want.” https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2023/03/27/foreign-seafarers-as-material-witnesses-modern-day-subjugation/
4. GTT creates a new brand in digital solutions. GTT is announcing the creation of a new brand, Ascenz Marorka. It results from the collaboration of its two pioneering subsidiaries in the digitalisation of the maritime industry: Ascenz, a Singaporean company with an extensive experience in Electronic Fuel Management, and Marorka, an Icelandic expert in vessel performance management. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2023/03/27/gtt-creates-a-new-brand-in-digital-solutions/
5. GRAFMARINE is testing revolutionary solar energy cells with Carisbrooke’s vessel. “NanoDeck challenges the current reliance on fossil fuels by providing a clean and sustainable alternative renewable source of energy which can be attached to any flat surface – in this case, a cargo vessel – to capture, store and remotely manage clean energy generation via AI solar technology,” said Martin Leigh, Grafmarine Director and Founder. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2023/03/27/grafmarine-is-testing-revolutionary-solar-energy-cells-with-carisbrookes-vessel/
6. World Shipping Council pushes back at American bill seeking to end vessel sharing arrangements. The World Shipping Council has issued a statement defending the use of vessel sharing arrangements (VSAs), which a new US bill seeks to end. The WSC believes the lawmakers who introduced the bill misunderstand what VSAs are. https://splash247.com/world-shipping-council-pushes-back-at-american-bill-seeking-to-end-vessel-sharing-arrangements/
7. Mexico Pacific and Shell sign third long-term LNG sales and purchase agreement. Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd and a subsidiary of Mexico Pacific Limited have signed an additional sales and purchase agreement for Shell to offtake approximately 1.1m tonnes per year (MTPA) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the third train of Mexico Pacific’s anchor LNG export facility, Saguaro Energia, located in Puerto Libertad, Sonora, Mexico. https://splash247.com/mexico-pacific-and-shell-sign-third-long-term-lng-sales-and-purchase-agreement/
8. CMA Shipping 2023: Liner Shipping’s Commercial and Data-Driven Future. On Day 3 of the Connecticut Maritime Association’s well-attended Shipping 2023 conference, the Liner Shipping panel consisted of a group of experts on both the commercial and technical aspects of the business. During the discussion, questions came up regarding the future of alliances between carriers, which was not surprising given the recent breakup of the 2M Alliance (Maersk and MSC) and the unraveling of the TradeLens effort (Maersk and IBM) to build an industry-wide blockchain platform for liner shipping. https://gcaptain.com/cma-shipping-2023-liner-shippings-commercial-and-data-driven-future/
9. Incorrect Crane Height Estimate Causes $2 Million in Damages to Bridge. A $2 million blunder was the result of an incorrect estimate of a crane’s boom height, leading to a collision with the Houma Twin Span Bridge, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).On March 6, 2022, the towing vessel Robert Cenac was pushing the crane barge Mr. Dawg and another deck barge along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. https://gcaptain.com/incorrect-crane-height-estimate-causes-2-million-in-damages-to-bridge/
10. Parliamentary panel says India needs increased draft depth at all ports to handle large vessels. A parliamentary committee has stressed on the need for increasing the draft depth of almost all the ports of the country under the Sagarmala Programme according to their respective cargo profile. Increased draft depth helps ports handle larger vessels.In its latest report, the department-related parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture said that the draft depth at major ports, both in the channel and berths, has been historically low and ranges from 7 metres in older ports up to 20 metres in newer ports. The draft depth is not commensurate with the change of ship sizes and changes in cargo trends such as containerisation. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Parliamentary+panel+says+India+needs+increased+draft+depth+at+all+ports+to+handle+large+vessels

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