InterManager Daily News 19.10.2023.

1. Less conversation, more action on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) Ahead of the upcoming WISTA International Conference and AGM, WISTA International President, Elpi Petraki, outlines the linkage between diversity and sustainability to highlight why action – not words – is needed to implement systemic change.
2. Columbia Group launches Female Cadet Mentoring Programme to help recruit and retain more women in maritime As part of its bid to attract more women into the maritime sector, Columbia Group has launched a mentoring programme aimed at female cadets. Recognising that the industry is missing out on a great deal of female talent who could bring different perspectives and more ideas and innovation, the Group is underscoring its commitment to creating a more diverse workforce with the 12-month Female Cadet Mentoring Programme.
3. EXMAR hits milestone to equip gas newbuilds with ammonia dual-fuel engines EXMAR LPG BV, a joint venture between EXMAR and Seapeak, is going ahead with
ammonia as fuel for two Midsize Gas Carriers (MGCs) on order at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The ships will be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel ammonia engines, allowing for close to zero emissions trading when using ammonia. The engines will be delivered by WINGD and the fuel supply system by Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.
4. Asian tanker freights expected to recover on geopolitical disruptions, seasonal uptick The clean and dirty tankers’ freight are likely to see some recovery in the October-December quarter on winter demand and geopolitical disruptions after the recent decline due to seasonal refinery maintenances, market participants said.
5. Drewry Container Shipping Index Down 4.2% During the Third Quarter The Panama Canal draught restrictions translated into carriers’ General Rate Increases (GRIs) succeeding briefly, supporting container shipping shares at the start of 3Q23. Nonetheless, the Drewry Container Equity Index fell 4.2% in 3Q23 (vs 2Q23: -24.1%).
6. India sets out to become a top-five shipbuilding nation within a decade Owners looking for extra shipyard capacity ought to turn their attention to the world’s most populous nation. Currently outside the top-10 shipbuilding nations globally with a market share of less than 1%, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has laid out plans to make his country a top-five shipyard hub.
7. 30% of ports worldwide unprepared for incoming IMO maritime single window legislation A new study suggests nearly a third of ports worldwide are unprepared to adopt the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) maritime single window (MSW) mandate which becomes compulsory on January 1 next year.
8. All Aboard Alliance announces maritime inclusivity initiative The All Aboard Alliance, an initiative of the Global Maritime Forum, has announced the Diversity@Sea initiative that will see 11 companies pilot a series of test measures to make life at sea more inclusive and attractive to all seafarers.
9. Berge Bulk Launches ‘World’s Most Powerful Sailing Cargo Ship’ Berge Bulk, a leading dry bulk ship owner, has announced the launch of a newcastlemax bulk carrier retrofitted with four WindWings, a technology that uses wind power to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
10. Oil Industry Titans Turn on Trump Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley were the biggest beneficiaries of donations from oil and gas representatives in the third quarter, according to a Bloomberg review of new campaign finance disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. Both Republicans have done fundraising tours through the oil patch, with DeSantis even going so far as to unveil his energy policy platform in front of a drilling rig in Midland last month.


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