InterManager Daily News 04.03.2024.

1. ISWAN’s helplines report quarterly highs for mental health challenges The final quarter of 2023 saw steep increases in the number of contacts relating to mental health concerns across the range of helplines operated by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).
2. Improved Panama Canal flows support US LPG over LNG US LPG exports via the Panama Canal rose slightly in January, according to the US Energy Information Administration, but there is little wiggle room for an increase in flows of LNG through the canal, according to traders and data from S&P Global Commodity Insights.
3. Spain’s ports see goods traffic rise as Red Sea crisis continues The volume of goods moving through Spain’s top ports rose by as much as 25% in January as attacks on shipping in the Red Sea caused companies to divert Europe-bound vessels around southern Africa instead.
4. Houthis say they can reassess Red Sea attacks if Israeli ‘aggression’ stops Yemen’s Houthis said on Tuesday they could only reconsider their missile and drone attacks on international shipping in the Red Sea once Israel ends its”aggression” in the Gaza Strip.
5. East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook by ENGINE Prompt VLSFO availability remains constrained in Singapore, with certain suppliers struggling to fulfill delivery commitments. Lead times of eight days are currently recommended for VLSFO. HSFO supply is also under pressure, with lead times spanning between 4-10 days, almost unchanged from the previous week. On the contrary, LSMGO supply remains abundant, and shorter lead times of 2-4 days are generally recommended.
6. The Mission to Seafarers announces new Secretary General Peter Rouch appointed as Secretary General of leading maritime welfare charity; succeeding Andrew Wright who will retire in SeptemberThe Mission to Seafarers has announced that its new Secretary General will be Peter Rouch. Peter will succeed Andrew Wright, who will retire from the role in September this year, after almost twelve years of leading the organisation.
7. Bahijah livestock carrier cleared to re-export unloaded animals to Israel via Cape of Good Hope After a little over two weeks since 16,000 sheep and cattle were unloaded from the Bahijah livestock carrier, Australia’s Department of Agriculture has given the all-clear to load them onto the same ship and re-export them to Israel.
8. Trio looking to develop hybrid wind-solar project offshore Italy Offshore floating photovoltaic (OFPV) specialist SolarDuck, Italian asset manager Green Arrow Capital, and compatriot developer New Developments have agreed to collaborate on the development of a 120MWp OFPV farm integrated with 420MW of floating offshore wind.
9. Baltic index logs weekly gain on strong vessel rates The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index strengthened to hit an over two-month peak on Friday and posted a weekly gain, as rates across all vessel segments pushed higher.
10. Rotterdam World Gateway terminal to provide shore-based power for all vessels Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) container terminal has decided to equip its entire quayside with shore-based power for all vessels.The RWG terminal is already fully automated and CO2-neutral and the construction of shore-based power facilities will mean the ships will also no longer emit particulates, nitrogen and CO2 when at berth. These facilities will also reduce noise pollution.


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