International regulation

Philippines recognizes Filipino seafarers as “key workers"

Manila - The Philippines fully supports the recognition of Filipino seafarers as “key workers” ensuring that ship crew changes can take place safely amid COVID-19 pandemic. This was in response to the statement of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim urging all the Member States to recognize all seafarers as “key workers” by removing any barriers to documentation and lifting travel restrictions

Project cargo

Recent critical shipments handled by Wilhelmsen UAE

Dubai - Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is continuing to handle critical shipments within GCC countries during the COVID-19 lockdown of land borders by utilising different sea freight solutions. Their team in Dubai recently handled 1,706mt of steel plates from Hamriyah Free Zone Port in Sharjah to Shuwaikh Port (Kuwait

Freight rates

Crude oil tanker earnings drop 68% in nine days

Copenhagen - Crude oil tanker earnings have come down sharply in recent weeks with Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) earnings from the Middle East Gulf to China dropping 68% in just nine days (from USD 222,591 per day on 22 April to USD 71,885 per day on 4 May)

Freight rates

COVID-19 to cut shipping container fleet and slow pricing recovery

London - The outbreak of the coronavirus has disrupted container supply chains around the world and depressed the demand for vessels and boxes. It will lead to a contraction in the shipping container fleet and keep prices and lease rates under pressure in 2020, although better than in 2019

Coronavirus

Airlines, shipowners warn of trade delays if seamen can’t travel

Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said governments should facilitate the movement of international transport personnel who have been affected by travel restrictions due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic

As Covid-19 situation worsens

Cargo owners must expect further major ocean freight service disruptions this year

London - Cargo owners should expect significant further ocean freight service disruptions this year with more blank sailings and likely service suspensions, Drewry highlighted yesterday, as volatility linked to the coronavirus pandemic continues or worsens. The container shipping analyst also suggested that shippers “should consider adding a few ‘backup carriers’"

Markets

Putin, Trump order their energy ministers to discuss oil

OPEC and other leading oil producers including Russia failed to agree on further joint action on the global oil market and to extend their deal to cut output, leading to a sharp fall in oil prices that have also been battered by the coronavirus pandemic

Two new pools

Team Tankers in fleet management feals with Maersk Tankers, V.Group

Monaco - Danish Maersk Tankers has entered into a deal with chemical tanker owner and operator Team Tankers International to take over the commercial management of its 27 tankers and establish two new pools. For Maersk Tankers the agreement will increase its fleet under management

Obstacles to the intra-European alliance

EU expected to veto Fincantieri's Chantiers bid due to lack of concessions

Milano - Italian shipyard Fincantieri has not offered any concessions to head off EU antitrust concerns about its planned bid for France’s Chantiers de l’Atlantique, giving regulators no choice but to block the deal, people familiar with the matter said last week. A veto by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager would deal a serious blow to Italy

BIMCO

COVID-19 and its consequences on shipbuilding contracts

Copenhagen - Shipyards are facing disruption to newbuilding, repair and conversion projects due to the impact of the virus on their labour force and the ability of their subcontractors to meet their commitments to supply materials and equipment necessary for the completion of such projects

Australia

Yang Ming ship arrested for pollution debt

The sister ship of the "YM Efficiency", which lost 81 containers off the coast of Newcastle and Port Stephens in June 2018, has been stopped in Sydney for a pollution debt that could cost Yang Ming more than 12 million euros