InterManager Daily News 19.05.2023.

1. International Day for Women in Maritime 2023: Thursday 18 May 2023. The theme for International Day for Women in Maritime 2023 is ”Mobilizing networks for gender equality”. The IMO International Day for Women in Maritime is observed on 18 May every year. The day celebrates women in the industry and promotes the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector, raise the profile of women in maritime, strengthen IMO’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) and support work to address the current gender imbalance in maritime
2. RINA exceeds 660 million in revenue and presents the strategic plan to 2027. The shareholders’ meeting of RINA, the multinational inspection, certification and engineering consultancy, approved the financial statement for the fiscal year ending 31 December 2022, showing net revenues of 664 million euros, up 21% compared to 2021. At the same time, net profits rose to 12.5 million euros, compared to 8.1 million euros in 2021. After accounting for the impact of the share purchase transaction and the acquisition of Patrick Engineering, the normalised Net Financial Position is €114 million.
3. Stolthaven Terminals attends official opening of green hydrogen corridor in Brazil. Stolthaven Terminals’ plan to explore a new green hydrogen storage terminal in Pecém Port, Brazil has received an extra boost with the governments of Ceará State, Brazil and the Netherlands officially launching a green hydrogen corridor between Pecém and Rotterdam. The corridor will create a direct transportation route between the two locations.
4. A P Moller Maersk completes divestment of Maersk Supply Service. A.P. Moller – Maersk announces the completion of its divestment of Maersk Supply Service, a leading provider of global offshore marine services and project solutions for the energy sector. At closing, A.P. Moller Holding, the parent company of the A.P. Moller Group, will assume full ownership of MSS. Maersk Supply Service will continue trading under its current name and will be using the Maersk seven-pointed star logo as part of its brand.
5. April Container Volumes swell 13.34% at Saudi Ports. Container throughput during April 2023 grew at an annual rate of 13.34% from 601,429 TEUs to 681,663 TEUs as per monthly statistics released by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani). Container data for last month further showed a 16.97% surge in exported volumes at 208,738 TEUs compared to 178,450 TEUs in the previous year. Imports, on the other hand, inched up 3.12% to 208,080 TEUs from 201,784 TEUs this year with transshipments scoring 264,845 TEUs in monthly quantity, a 19.73% increase from 221,195 TEUs in April 2022.
6. MSC becomes first carrier to have a 5m slot fleet. Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) is ready to surpass another milestone in its rapid growth spurt that has seen it top the liner rankings. The company is now just a couple of ship deliveries away from becoming the first liner firm in the world to operate a fleet in excess of 5m teu. Putting the landmark figure in perspective, the entire global container shipping capacity stood at 5m at the turn of the millennium.
7. Podium switch? CMA CGM tipped to edge past Maersk in the liner rankings. China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding is being tipped as the winner for the next round of ship orders from Maersk and CMA CGM, contracts that in turn could see the French liner jump ahead of its Danish rival into second spot in the liner rankings. Both companies are lining up methanol-fuelled boxship orders with Alphaliner reporting Yangzijiang is likely to win all the orders.
8. Turkish President Erdogan Says Black Sea Grain Deal Extended for Two Months. The Ukraine Black Sea grain deal has been extended for two more month, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, one day before Russia could have quit the pact over obstacles to its grain and fertiliser exports.The flow of ships through the corridor had been grinding to a halt during the last few days with the deal apparently set to expire on Thursday.Earlier on Wednesday, the last remaining ship registered to travel through the corridor had left a Ukrainian port.
9. Port Houston Sees Surge in Container Exports. As U.S. imports continue to come in well below last year’s records, Port Houston has announced that its container exports are surpassing historic volumes seen in 2022, signaling strong growth in the region.Loaded exports, particularly driven by the demand for resin exports, have increased by an impressive 17% year-to-date compared to last year. The port has handled a total of 1,026,260 loaded TEUs (imports and exports) through April, surpassing the one million-mark earlier in the year than ever before.
10. Baltic index extends losses on weaker vessel demand. The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index fell to its lowest in nearly four weeks on Tuesday, pressured by lower rates across vessel segments.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels carrying dry bulk commodities, was down 46 points, or 3.0%, at 1,476 points – its lowest since April 20.The capesize index lost 90 points, or 3.8%, to a two-week low of 2,295 points.


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