InterManager Daily News 26.03.2023.

1. Geopolitical tensions and ‘friendshoring’ may redefine global trade patterns warns Xeneta. The ocean and air freight rate benchmarking and intelligence platform points to evidence in the rise of ‘friendshoring’ and evolving freight volumes between key markets to map what may be a “new world order”. China, the US, Vietnam and Russia appear to be some of the key players in a slowly unfolding plot.
2. DNV grows energy testing capability in Groningen with new Technology Centre to accelerate energy transition. DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, has opened its new Technology Centre on Groningen’s Zernike campus, a vibrant ecosystem of education, business and research activities. The new, sustainable facility is equipped with the latest testing equipment to support DNV’s research into the decarbonization of energy systems.
3. Eight new low emission hybrid straddle carriers for Tollerort. The renewal of the straddle carrier fleet at Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG’s Container Terminal Tollerort is moving forward: in April, eight new straddle carriers with hybrid drive went into operation and have since been transporting containers in a more environmentally friendly way between ship, yard, rail terminal and truck gate. These vehicles consume significantly less fuel and thus also emit correspondingly fewer emissions.
4. NYK upgrades its fleet with Orca AI technology to enhance navigation safety and operational efficiency. Orca AI, developer of a unique automated situational awareness platform, has partnered with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Group, a leading Japanese shipping and logistics company, to enhance its fleet’s safety.Today, following more than two years of collaboration, the NYK Group confirmed it will install the Orca AI platform across the NYK fleet, which includes bulk carriers, tankers and containerships. This deal further strengthens the relationship between NYK Group and Orca AI.
5. ABS and Space Perspective unlock the Future of Commercial Space Travel. ABS is supporting the reactivation and modification of an offshore support vessel that will function as the world’s first marine spaceport for human spaceflight operated by Space Perspective.Space Perspective offers a six-hour journey to space in a pressurized capsule propelled gently by a SpaceBalloonTM. With no heavy g-forces or training required, it is as easy as being in an airplane. Designed to be accessible and a shared experience – the capsule accommodates eight passengers and a captain. Explorers will join the fewer than 700 individuals who have seen the Earth from the perspective of space.
6. Maritime CEO Forum: Cyber security masterclass. This year’s Maritime CEO Forum kicked off in Singapore yesterday with a one-hour workshop sponsored by Inmarsat giving delegates a masterclass into all they need to have prepared to be cyber secure.An exclusive shipowner conference, which took place at the Fullerton Hotel during Singapore Maritime Week, listed several important things that every company should have in place now to keep its company safe from cyber attacks.
7. What do clients look for when choosing a shipmanager? In the previous edition of our Shipmanagement Market Report we were rightly criticised for not featuring the views of clients, the shipowners, enough. Any business needs to be in tune with what their customers are after, and in this issue we endeavour to address this in greater depth. So just what it is that owners seek when opting for a manager?
8. Ports of Singapore, Long Beach, and Los Angeles Sign Green Shipping Corridor Pact. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Long Beach, and Port of Los Angeles, along with support from C40 Cities, signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a green and digital shipping corridor.The purpose of the corridor is to support the decarbonization of the maritime industry and improve efficiencies through digitalization. The signing of the memorandum was witnessed by various leaders from Singapore and the United States.
9. European Policy Chief Advocates For Warship Patrols Of Taiwan Strait. In a recent op-ed for Le Journal du Dimanche, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell boldly advocated for European warships to actively patrol the Taiwan Strait as a means of countering Beijing’s growing military assertiveness. This stance, which diverges from French President Emmanuel Macron’s relatively reserved approach to the Taiwan issue, underscores Borrell’s belief that Europe must play a more prominent naval role in this critical matter, given its economic, commercial, and technological ties to the region.
10. Baltic index ticks up on firm capesize, supramax demand. The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged up on Monday, aided my higher rates for capesize and supramax vessel segments.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, gained 13 points, or 0.9%, to 1,517 – its highest in nearly two weeks.The capesize index was up 31 points, or 1.6%, at 1,993.


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