InterManager Daily News 22.02.2024.

1. Seafarers can refuse to sail through Red Sea as Houthis step up attacks Seafarers have the right to refuse to sail on ships passing through the Red Sea in a new industry agreement as the situation escalates and further vessels are attacked by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis, a labor union and industry groups said on Friday.
2. EU to launch mission to protect Red Sea shipping EU foreign ministers will meet Monday in Brussels to formally launch a naval mission to help protect international shipping in the Red Sea against attacks from Yemen’s Houthis, officials said.The Houthis, who control much of war-torn Yemen, have been attacking the vital shipping lane since November in a campaign they say is in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza amid the Israel-Hamas war.
3. MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy in Philippines holds 1st Commencement Exercises Ceremony Aiming to Ensure World’s highest level of safety and quality by training and securing highly skilled seafarerMitsui O.S.K. Lines, announced that MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy , a merchant marine academy operated jointly by MOL and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation in the Philippines, held its 1st Commencement Exercises Ceremony on February 20.
4. Danish Shipping launches ESG Shipping Network Danish Shipping’s new ESG-network addresses the pressing need for collaboration and knowledge sharing within the shipping industry regarding sustainability reporting. At the inaugural meeting of the network, Danish Shipping members Maersk and Clipper shared insights into their work in the ESG-field.
5. NYK and Stolt Tankers build six parcel Chemical Tankers NYK Stolt Tankers, S.A., a joint venture between NYK and Stolt Tankers, signed a contract on February 5 with Nantong Xiangyu Shipyard in China to build six parcel chemical tankers. The contract will strengthen NYK’s chemical tanker business, for which demand is expected to grow steadily, and deepen the partnership with Stolt Tankers, a leading player in the industry.
6. Shipping in the Year of the Dragon: Containers Kicking off this week’s coverage of the magazine, we turn to the container sector.The Houthis have saved container shipping’s bottom line for now. In what was supposed to be an annus horribilis for container shipping with more than one newbuild delivering each and every day in 2024, the overcapacity spectre has been shelved thanks to the Red Sea shut-in.
7. Russia Sends Free Grain to Six African Countries Russia’s agriculture minister said late on Tuesday that Moscow had completed its initiative of shipping 200,000 metric tonnes of free grain to six African countries, as promised by President Vladimir Putin in July.
8. Interior Department’s Poor Oversight of Offshore Decommissioning Increases Risks, Government Report Finds The U.S. Department of the Interior is facing criticism over its failure to adequately enforce the decommissioning of aging offshore oil and gas wells and platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, increasing the risks associated with the infrastructure, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
9. Greek ship attacked in Red Sea by Houthis arrives in Aden with cargo The Greek-flagged bulk cargo vessel Sea Champion arrived in the southern Yemeni port of Aden on Tuesday after being attacked in the Red Sea in what appeared to have been a mistaken missile strike by Houthi militia, shipping and military sources said.
10. Port of Rotterdam in full transition in 2023 Last year saw major investment decisions that are contributing to making the port and the logistics chain to and from Rotterdam more sustainable. The financial results were stable, putting the Port Authority in a position to commit to further investments for a future-resilient port in the years to come as well.


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