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Daily Briefing April 6 2021

Free to read: Harris Antoniou returns to the industry with a new company | Seafarers' Covid-19 vaccination should have a common standard | MSC doubles down on its stance against the northern sea route

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What to watch


Ship finance veteran Harris Antoniou has announced his return to the industry at the helm of Neptune Maritime Leasing, a new company he has launched with the aim of simplifying leasing of vessels for owners.

Seafarer vaccine passports are an important step to passing through port checks, but more significant is the universal standardisation of vaccination for crew members that can allow them to sail freely, according to shipmanager Synergy Marine.


Analysis


California’s San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been inundated with growing numbers of containerships since last October, creating a continuous daily backlog. How is that being handled?


Markets


Leading boxship owner-operator Mediterranean Shipping Co has doubled down on its stance against the use of the northern sea route following pronouncements by Russia, which has been promoting the NSR as an alternative for ships seeking to avoid Suez Canal bottlenecks.


In other news


Chinese national oil company CNOOC will supply liquefied natural gas as marine fuel to 50 bulk carriers that will run only on LNG. Shipowner Guangdong Province Navigation Holdings Co has commissioned CSSC’s Guangxi unit to build these ships.

BW Gas has secured a five-year time charter for a floating storage and regasification unit to be deployed at Batangas in the Philippines. The charterparty is with a unit of First Gen Corp for the 162,400 cu m BW Paris.

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