InterManager Daily News 18.09.2023.

1. Danelec extends lifetime support and warranty for new and deployed DM100 G2 Voyage Data Recorders. Field-proven performance and reliability enables industry-leading 3-Year warranty and Lifetime Support commitment until 2036 Leading maritime operational and safety technology company Danelec has boosted its long-term commitment to safety and compliance by extending the warranty for its flagship DM100 VDR Family from two to three years and extending the full support horizon until at least 2036.
2. Port of Long Beach sees Cargo lull in August. Overstocked warehouses, consumer spending shift contribute to decline. The Port of Long Beach saw a modest start to the traditional “peak” shipping season as warehouses remained overstocked and consumers continued to pivot toward travel and other summertime activities. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 682,312 twenty-foot equivalent units last month, a 15.4% decline from August 2022. Imports decreased 15.4% to 325,436 TEUs, while exports were down 23.1% to 93,402 TEUs. Empty containers moving through the Port declined 12.5% to 263,474 TEUs.
3. Back to school temporary rush boosts container traffic but challenges loom ahead. China to U.S. trade route has been seeing a recent surge in Container Leasing Charge per Route as observed in its September Container Market Forecaster published by Container xChange, an online container logistics platform. The Container Leasing Charge per Route is the highest on the China to U.S. trade route and 6 trade routes on this lane are in the top 7 most expensive leasing charge routes. This potentially indicates that these routes are experiencing a high demand for shipping containers and may experience elevated leasing charges as suppliers adjust prices to match market conditions.
4. World’s first IGF Code training and competency provider Stream Marine Technical holds official launch at London International Shipping Week. ‘London International Shipping Week 2023 is one of the world’s biggest fact-finding weeks as we begin the countdown to transitioning to decarbonisation’, said CEO of Stream Marine Group Martin White as he launched his alternative fuels consultancy at an exclusive event.
5. Port of Antwerp-Bruges hosted the 9th chainPORT annual meeting. The Port of Antwerp-Bruges proudly hosted the 9th chainPORT Annual Meeting from September 6th to 8th, 2023, gathering influential figures from the port industry to address the challenges and prospects shaping the future of ports worldwide. Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp Bruges and host of this year´s chainPORT Annual Meeting stated: “Over the past years, ports have been experiencing subsequent crises. Ports are levers for change that are determined to take up the challenge to be part of the future solution in the domains of climate change, energy security, data sharing, safety and security and many more. This situation requires ports to share insights and experiences and to raise the service levels to our port users. chainPORT undeniably reinforces this role.”
6. Iran seizes two vessels in oil smuggling probe. Iranian forces have detained two ships in the Persian Gulf and arrested their crew for allegedly carrying smuggled oil. The Iranian state news agency Irna said that the Revolutionary Guards Navy seized two vessels flying the flags of Panama and Tanzania, accusing them of smuggling over 1.5m litres of fuel.
7. BW Offshore completes sale of Nigerian floater. Oslo-listed BW Offshore has completed its non-core fleet divestment programme with the sale of the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit Abo, operating offshore Nigeria. STAC Marine Offshore, a member of the Nigerian Transport Group (STAC) has purchased the vessel converted from the 1976-built aframax tanker for $20m.
8. Philippines Sees Resurgence Of Chinese Ships In Disputed Waters. The Philippine armed forces said it’s doubling efforts on maritime surveillance after detecting a “resurgence” of Chinese vessels around the West Philippine Sea. After the military successfully drove away 50 Chinese militia vessels in July, such vessels returned late August after its patrols left the area, the armed forces said in a statement. There was also “massive harvesting” of corals in disputed waters, it said.
9. Ukrainian Minister Vows More Drones For Strikes On Russian Warships. Ukraine will be able to conduct more drone attacks on Russian warships, a Ukrainian minister who has played a key role in building the country’s drone industry told Reuters after a recent series of sea raids. “There will be more drones, more attacks, and fewer Russian ships. That’s for sure,” Digital Transformation minister Mykhailo Fedorov said in an interview on Friday, answering a question about recent attacks near Crimea.
10. Baltic index logs best week in over six months on strong vessel demand. The Baltic Exchange’s main dry bulk sea freight index rose on Friday, clocking its biggest weekly percentage gain since March as demand across all vessel segments remained strong.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, rose for the eighth straight session by 41 points, or 3.1%, to 1,381.The main index posted a 16.4% gain for the week.


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