InterManager Daily News 30.04.2023.

1. Ocean Technologies Group and Lobster Ink agree Strategic Partnership. The cruise sector is enjoying a rapid return to strength, with ships and crew being reactivated at an unprecedented rate. Recent estimates suggest that nearly 73,000 crew are needed per year to power the industry. The post-pandemic bounce-back is great news, but places pressure on Cruise operators who must find and deploy the talent they need.
2. MSC Maersk partnership to end soon. MSC and Maersk recently announced that they would end their alliance in January 2025. In addition, the Ocean Alliance’s contract is scheduled to end in 2027. The current global market share of the MSC and Maersk alliance is 40 percent and that of the Ocean Alliance is 35 percent.
3. EMSA deploys remotely piloted aircraft services over the Gulf of Genova for increased maritime surveillance in support of the Italian Coast Guard. EMSA has started the deployment of its remotely piloted aircraft services in support of the Italian Coast Guard to gain increased maritime awareness over the Gulf of Genova until the summer. Leveraging on the successful campaign of last year, EMSA services will continue to enhance general maritime safety and security in the area, as well as to assist in search and rescue missions.
4. IMM shortlists 5 overseas firms in sale of Korea’s No. 1 LNG shipping company. IMM Private Equity Inc. and IMM Investment Corp. shortlisted five overseas companies in its bid to sell its entire 100 percent stake in South Korea’s largest liquefied natural gas shipping company, according to sources in the investment banking industry on Thursday.
5. Launch and christening of LNG Bunker Vessel Alice Cosulich. Fratelli Cosulich announced that the christening and launch of the first of our two Small Scale & Bunker Vessels took place on 22nd March, at the CIMC SOE shipyard in China. It was attended by Giulia Cosulich – E SG Corporate Director at Fratelli Cosulich Group, acting as the godmother of the vessel.
6. Poseidon completes $10.9bn Atlas buyout. The consortium, composed of Japanese liner operator Ocean Network Express (ONE), Atlas chairman David Sokol, certain affiliates of Fairfax Financial Holdings and the Washington family, paid $15.50 per share in cash to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Atlas that it did not already own or control.
7. Monjasa product tanker boarded in Gulf of Guinea. After an extended period of comparative calm, a ship has been boarded in the highly risky waters of the Gulf of Guinea. The Liberian-flagged product tanker, Monjasa Reformer, owned by Danish bunker supplier Monjasa, was attacked on Saturday night offshore Congo.
8. US Faces Serious EV Supply Chain Problems. Seven months after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, the magnitude of the challenge it will be for the US to loosen China’s grip on the electric vehicle supply chain — a key objective of the legislation — is coming into sharper relief.
9. Port of Savannah Invests in Emission-Reducing Hybrid Cranes. In an ambitious move towards sustainability and efficiency, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has announced a $170 million investment to acquire 55 state-of-the-art hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) for the Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal.
10. Baltic index falls on lower vessel demand. The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities fell on Monday, pressured by lower shipping rates for all vessel segments.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, fell 33 points, or about 2.2%, to 1,456.


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