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Daily Briefing June 4 2021

Free to read: End-of-life registries scrap one in six ships | X-Press Pearl blaze shines spotlight on boxship fires | Shipowners criticise EU for potential biofuel boost from new regulation

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What to watch


Three registries which flag just 0.3% of the world’s tonnage were responsible for over a fifth of all vessels scrapped over the last 10 years, a Lloyd’s List investigation has found.

Fires on boxships continue to cause concern among marine insurers, with X-Press Pearl the latest in a long line of such casualties in recent years.

The European Union’s regulatory proposal for shipping fuels would likely boost the use of biofuels, creating potential compliance and enforceability problems for shipowners and regulators, according to a study.


Analysis


Short-term boxship rates are said to have reached a record high as Cyprus-based shipowner Andreas Hadjiyiannis reportedly received between $100,000 and $145,000 a day for a 15-year-old, 5,060 teu containership for a single voyage.

A grounding incident off Scotland has raised questions about the use of Ecdis, the Electronic Chart Display and Information System.

Asia is the region that has been hit hardest by the adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the expansion of global liquefied natural gas import capacity.


Markets


Braemar Shipping Services has reinstated dividend payouts which were suspended 12 months ago after a positive underlying financial performance despite unveiling declines in revenue and profit.

CDB Financial Leasing has agreed to acquire six ultramax dry bulkers from UK-based investment firm Hayfin Capital Management.

Driver shortages and Brexit-related customs difficulties are thought to be behind a shift in modes towards containerised freight for cross-Channel services between the UK and mainland Europe.


In other news


Salvors working on the burnt out hull of X-Press Pearl are preparing for oil pollution containment in case of leaks from the vessel’s bunker tanks.

A berth at Yang Ming’s Kaohsiung Terminal in Taiwan has been closed following a collision involving a containership operated by Orient Overseas Container Line.

Stena Bulk, a Swedish tanker owner and operator, is adding two more ultra-modern eco medium-range tanker newbuildings to its chartered fleet.

ICBC Financial Leasing is said to have ordered six newcastlemax dry bulkers at Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (Yangzhou).

Canada’s Algoma Central Corp, which owns and operates bulk carriers from North America’s Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, has contracted China’s Yangzijiang Shipyard to construct a seawaymax self-unloading vessel.

D’Amico, the Italian product tanker owner, will test the lifecycle emissions and performance of biofuels against fossil fuels in a joint decarbonisation project.

Maran Gas Maritime has exercised options for two liquefied natural gas carriers at Samsung Heavy Industries, it has been confirmed.

NYK, the Japanese shipping line, has signed an agreement with Norway’s Yara International for a joint study on the practical application of a carrier that will transport and run on ammonia.

China-based SITC, an intra-Asia focused container line, says it has exercised options to build eight feeder containerships at Yangzijaing Shipbuilding for $192m.

AP Moller-Maersk has unveiled an emissions analytics tool to show customers the carbon footprint of their supply chains to help disclosures.

Dynagas, the Prokopiou family-controlled liquefied natural gas carrier owner, has doubled its orderbook at Hyundai Heavy Industries to four vessels of 200,000 cu m.

The world’s first hydrogen refuelling station has opened at Antwerp.


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