InterManager Daily News 15.06.2023.

1. Uni-Tankers delivers on massive turnaround with record result of EAT USD 61m. Uni-Tankers, a Danish family-owned tanker shipping company in the intermediate and small tanker segment presents record earnings in its annual report for financial year 2022/23. The report shows earning after tax of USD 61.0 million, an increase of USD 66.1 million from last year’s result despite constrained availability, higher cost of charter tonnage, and higher interest rates.
2. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey adopts new industry-leading, sustainable concrete standards. In September 2020, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey introduced one of the most ambitious low-carbon concrete programs of its kind among U.S. transportation agencies to dramatically reduce the embodied carbon of concrete mixes that are approved for contractors to use in agency projects. Today, the agency announced it has achieved a major milestone in that program by significantly strengthening its requirements to use sustainable concrete mixes in all its future construction projects as part of the Port Authority’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
3. Stena Line and Port of Gothenburg take next step towards Arendal. Stena Line and Port of Gothenburg have today signed an agreement for the relocation of Stena Line’s Denmark- and Germany ferry operations to an all-new terminal in Arendal, Gothenburg. The new location will meet the needs of sustainable transport solutions for both Stena Line and Port of Gothenburg.
4. INTERCARGO members surpass industry average performance in both deficiencies and detentions. Despite a steady increase in port state control detention rates following the pandemic in all regions, INTERCARGO-entered vessels consistently outdid industry performance indicators in both deficiencies and detentions, as shown by the latest edition of its annual Benchmarking Report. The Benchmarking Bulk Carriers 2022-2023 Report provides information on detention rates and deficiencies per inspection (DPI) across Flag States, Class, insurers, and Port State Control, in addition to owners’ benchmarking and a review of the negative performance indicators currently affecting the sector.
5. UKHO signs MoUs with Port of London Authority and Peel Ports Group strengthening collaboration in port sector. The UK Hydrographic Office has signed new Memorandums of Understanding with the Port of London Authority) and Peel Ports Group to enable greater collaboration in the port sector, the organisation has announced . The new strategic partnerships will help to improve the supply, management and sharing of hydrographic and marine data and support the UKHO’s ambitions to work more closely with the UK ports and harbours community.
6. Agribusiness giants to merge in $18bn deal. US agribusiness giant Bunge has agreed to merge with Glencore-backed Viterra in an $8.2bn stock and cash transaction in a deal with significant ramifications for the dry bulk shipping industry. Viterra said that its merger with Bunge would create a global agribusiness company with an enhanced global network and a diversified portfolio of assets across geographies and crops.
7. Martijn Schouten takes helm of restructured Vroon. Starting June 15, Martijn Schouten will join Vroon as the new chief executive officer. Schouten has held various international board, commercial and mergers and acquisitions roles at IHC. After leaving IHC in 2016, he became the CEO of a subsea contractor Tompkins in the UK. His most recent position was commercial director of a Netherlands-based family-owned international maritime service provider with shipbuilding activities and renting and operating floating assets.
8. Top Shipbreaking Nation Bangladesh Moves to Ratify the Hong Kong Convention. One of the world’s top ship breaking nations is moving to clean up its act when it comes to dismantling end-of-life ships. In a significant move towards ensuring that decommissioned vessels do not unnecessarily endanger human health, safety, or the environment, Bangladesh has announced its intent to ratify the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention).
9. High On The High Seas: What Mariners And Boaters Should Know About Marijuana Use. Mariners and recreational boaters must beware that while the landscape of marijuana laws has changed in the U.S., the seascape has not. The U.S. Coast Guard enforces federal law on the high seas to inland waters, including state navigable waters. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I narcotic in the same group as drugs like heroin and ecstasy. Anyone in possession of marijuana on the water, from credentialed mariners to recreational boaters, should know the consequences.
10. Shipping tax could yield $100 bln climate windfal The shipping industry emits 2.9% of the world’s greenhouse gases. It has also largely escaped taxation because what happens on the high seas is not in the jurisdiction of any single government. These two facts represent an opportunity. If the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) – the United Nations body which regulates shipping – taxed carbon emissions, it would encourage shippers to go green faster. The body could then channel the money raised, perhaps $100 billion a year, to poorer countries to help them cope with climate change.


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