The Briefing on the maritime industry
The news, views and numbers you need to know this month
News in numbers
After changing tariff rates for cruise ships, India’s Ministry of Shipping said that the net effect of the changes would lead to a reduction in port charges of approximately 60% to 70%
Lebanese officials claimed that the explosions at the port of Beirut in August were caused by 2,750t of ammonium nitrate, which has been left in a warehouse for six years
A total of 13 countries pledged to facilitate crew changes and achieve key worker designation for seafarers after a virtual summit hosted by the UK Government on 9 July
In total, the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 98 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the first half of 2020, up from 78 in Q2 2019
The Japanese oil tanker MV Wakashio, which struck a reef off the coast of Mauritius at the end of July, reportedly leaked more than 1,000t of oil into the sea
Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken, after Norway committed approximately $1.5m (14 million kr) to support improved ship recycling in Bangladesh:
Through [the] IMO, we will continue to support the authorities, the industry and other stakeholders in strengthening their efforts to develop Bangladesh's ship recycling industry and the country's economy. We hope to see more yards complying with the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention, so that Bangladesh can be ready to accede to the convention in the soonest possible time.
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) secretary-general Guy Platten, prior to the launch of ICS and BIMCO’s latest Seafarer Workforce Report:
With the challenges and changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, decarbonisation, and rapid technological developments, ship operators now more than ever need a management tool that provides them with an understanding of both today’s and tomorrow’s crewing landscape.
The #CrewChangeCrisis is a humanitarian disaster. Seafarers have the right to stop working and go home to their families when their contracts have finished. Govt restrictions on borders are preventing that.— International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) (@ITFglobalunion) July 29, 2020
We need practical exemptions for seafarers to get to and from ships NOW! pic.twitter.com/ylCS8IYrsP
APM Terminals Quetzel has jointly donated more than $70,000 in medical supplies to help Guatemalan locals in the fight against coronavirus. The masks, gloves and glasses will help to protect healthcare heroes working in areas where they’re needed most: https://t.co/UReMHxLTWU pic.twitter.com/YUEOfLdjRu— APM Terminals (@APMTerminals) August 18, 2020
Our hearts go out to the people of Beirut, including the seafarers and port workers impacted by these tragic events. We are in contact with our colleagues at the International Association of Ports and Harbours and stand ready to support the government and people of Lebanon. pic.twitter.com/EbmzrCY8xo— ICS shipping (@shippingics) August 5, 2020