InterManager Daily News 28.06.2023.

1. De-risking the carriage of lithium-ion batteries by TT Club. At the heart of efforts to draw attention to the hazards inherent in transporting lithium-ion batteries, specialist freight insurer TT Club now urges debate leading to a balanced, yet realistic awareness of the dangers, and a united approach to enhancing their safe carriage. Improved regulatory clarity is required and auto manufacturers need to address transport safety issues more thoroughly.
2. VLCC newbuilding values at 14-year high by VesselsValue. Two VLCC orders were placed by Dynacom Tankers earlier this month, scheduled to be built at New Times Shipbuilding and delivered in 2026, in an en bloc deal for USD 115 mil each, VV value USD 112.87 mil. These are the first VLCC newbuilding orders to have been placed since January this year, and before that the last set of orders were in August 2022.
3. Sailors’ Society offers full virtual conference experience for 2023 cadets. Sailors’ Society is expecting more than 6,000 students to benefit from its 2023 Wellness at Sea Maritime Schools’ Conferences, designed especially for the current intake of cadets. This year, the leading maritime welfare charity has virtual events covering North Asia, South East Asia, Africa and, for the first time, the UK’s maritime colleges.
4. Port of Rotterdam Authority starts construction of new site on Maasvlakte II. On 19 June 2023, the Port of Rotterdam Authority signed a contract with Boskalis for the construction of around 40 hectares of new land in the northwest corner of Prinses Alexiahaven. The site is scheduled for completion at the end of 2023.
5. After TOC Europe talk – continuing the decarb conversation. The stands at the Terminal Operations Conference Europe have been dismantled, pictures have been posted and announcements delivered. But the key message from APM Terminals is not being packed away. Global Head of Decarbonisation, Sahar Rashidbeigi, and Senior Product Manager, Electrification Pilots, Jelle Burger grab a sustainably sourced coffee at headquarters in The Hague and explain why decarbonising is good for business.
6. Singapore magazine launches assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the preeminent maritime hub of the 21st century. Singapore’s maritime mantelpiece needs reinforcement, groaning from all the trophies, accolades and awards lavished towards the Lion Republic, the preeminent shipping hub of the 21st century.Singapore remains the world’s leading maritime hub according to multiple global surveys. Despite concerns over human resources and soaring prices, there’s an argument to say Singapore has bolstered its maritime credentials compared to rival cities in the year since Splash’s last magazine on the city-state.
7. Researchers Show How Shipping Can Cut Emissions Nearly in Half By End of Decade. With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) set to finalize its strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions shipping next month, Dutch researcher CE Delft has issued a report providing insight into how international shipping can nearly half its emissions by the end of this decade. So far, IMO Member States have adopted only an Initial Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships, targeting a 50% reduction by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.
8. Philippines’ Seafarer Workforce Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels. The Philippines, one of the world’s top suppliers of maritime labor, expects its seafarer deployment recovering to its pre-pandemic level by yearend, Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople said.The Southeast Asian nation deployed close to 150,000 seafarers last quarter, putting it on track to reach its 2019 deployment, Ople told reporters on Monday at the sidelines of an international shipping summit.
9. Delegates Told to Be ‘Ambitious and Bold’ Ahead of IMO’s Critical MEPC 80 Meeting. With the all-important MEPC 80 meeting now a week away, the preparatory work at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is now in its final stages. The Secretary General of the IMO, Kitack Lim, toldthe Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 15, which began a week-long meeting doing prep-work on revision of the IMO’s Greenhouse Gas Strategy, to “be ambitious and bold.”
10. Titan Disaster Probes Face Tricky Test of Criminal Liability. The probes into the Titan disaster, which occurred in international waters on June 18, may be complicated by questions of which country should take the lead, and by doubts that the 22-foot (6.7-meter) watercraft fits the legal definition of a maritime vessel. With the death of the chief executive officer of the submersible company who was on board, potential criminal liability could fall on OceanGate’s other employees, operations managers or inspectors.


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