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Subject:FW: WGMA Daily Industry Update Report
Date:Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Priority:Normal
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Below FYI

Best Regards,

James A. Brenek

Moran Shipping Agencies

281-932-2026

From: West Gulf Maritime Association <naalund@wgma.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:49 AM
To: Houston Moran Ops <HOU@moranshipping.com>
Subject: WGMA Daily Industry Update Report

 

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www.wgma.org<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

 

March 24<span-size:13.5pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">, 2020<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

 

US Customs and Border Protection Issues Temporary Restrictions<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

on Crew Shore Leave<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#0000B3">March 23 – The US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Area Seaport Houston/Galveston issued Public Information Notice (PIN) HOU-SEA-20-005, informing the trade that effective immediately, all maritime crew will be remanded to their vessels until further notice. This policy is being implemented nationwide, and is as much to keep the crew safe as it is to safeguard the people of the United States. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such reasons as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc. Also at this time, crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmembers has direct and continuous travel arrangements out of the United States, the crewmember has valid travel documents and has no other restrictions to their travel, and is experiencing no symptoms of COVID-19. Read PIN HOU-SEA-20-005

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Houston, Harris County Issue 'Stay Home, Work Safe' Order to<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

Stop Spread of Coronavirus (Video)<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#0000B3">March 24 - The city of Houston and Harris County have issued a "stay home, work safe" order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The order begins tonight at midnight and runs through April 3<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">. KHOU 11 News Related Galveston County is first Houston-area county to issue a ‘stay-at-home’ order in response to coronavirus outbreak

 

WGMA Membership Meetings:<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#FF1A23">Houston <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">(Every 4th Wednesday of the Month) - March 25 - CANCELLED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

Corpus Christi<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> (Every 2nd Wednesday of Even Months) - April 8 - CANCELLED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

Sabine (Every 3rd Wednesday of Even Months) - April 15 -<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#F72307"> CANCELLED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

Lake Charles<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> (Every 2nd Wednesday of Odd Months) - May 13 - TBD

 

REGIONAL NEWS<span-size:18.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:white">

 

US Customs and Border Protection Seaport Corpus Christi Issues New Vessel Entry Procedures to Limit Personnel Exposure<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - On Monday, CBP Seaport Corpus Christi issued new guidance to all shipping agents via email on the steps which will be taken to avoid CBP personnel’s exposure to ship’s personnel: Please follow the steps below on presenting copies of vessel documentation to CBP: Vessel Agent will advise Captain of requested pre-arrival documentation; All documentation will be submitted to the vessel agent for review; Upon vessels arrival Vessel Agent will review documentation and annotate date and time of arrival; Vessel Agent will print and present copies of vessels documentation to CBP for processing. The local CBP Office will require the following documentation to be scanned and emailed to the (Vessel-Agent Email) in order to facilitate precautionary processing of vessels and non-immigrants arriving from Schengen Areas. 1. CBP 1300 Entrance, 2. CBP 1300 Clearance, 3. Last port clearance, 4. CBP Form 1303, 5. CBP Form 1304, 6. I-418 Crew list, 7. CBP I-259 (w/ all crew names) Note: All crewmembers will be detained on board, 8. Vessel Registry, 9. Vessel Load Line, 10. Vessel Safety Equipment, 11. Intl Tonnage Cert., 12. COFR, 13. Tonnage Tax Receipts (if applicable), 14. Last receipt for garbage landed ashore. The main goal is to limit exposure to one another. For the health safety of both the crew and CBP personnel, the Chief Cook will be the only individual allowed to be with the CBP Agriculture Specialist when they do their ship store/refrigerator inspections.

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COVID-19 and the Crude Oil Price Crash Puts the Screws on U.S. Refiners<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - The collapse in crude oil prices and COVID-19’s very negative effects on global gasoline, jet fuel and diesel demand are putting an unprecedented squeeze on U.S. refiners. Even before the initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, started to grab headlines around New Year’s Day, refineries had already been incentivized to shift their refined products output toward diesel, which can be used to help make IMO 2020-compliant low-sulfur bunker. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading to Europe and North America and stifling consumer transportation fuel demand, the price signals are even stronger, pushing refineries to do everything they can to minimize their gasoline and jet fuel production and enter what you might call “max diesel mode.” RBN Energy Related Upside Down: New Price Relationships in the US Gulf Coast Crude Markets

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Lone Star State ports setting records, enhancing diverse cargo infrastructure <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">With record cargo volumes seemingly becoming commonplace, ports throughout Texas are assertively forging ahead with a multitude of infrastructure enhancements to handle even more activity in the future. AJOT News

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Port NOLA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) cargo operations and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) operations continue to function as normal as we monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving situation associated with COVID-19. In accordance with exemptions provided in the stay-at-home mandates issued by the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans, Port NOLA and NOPB operations are considered essential transportation and logistics services and continue to operate as normal. Port NOLA Related LaGrange enthusiastic as ever about US Gulf ports – and life and Louisiana ports enjoying growth mode, fueled by energy industries, byproducts

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How Oil Price War Threatens US Propane Exports<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Fallout from the oil price war extends far beyond U.S. crude production. America’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exports are also in the crosshairs. The global LPG trade rose 14% in 2019, to an all-time-high 109 million tons, with almost all of the seaborne volume evenly split between exports from the Middle East and U.S. Gulf. John Hadjipateras, CEO of Dorian LPG, said on his company’s Feb. 5 quarterly call that “it appears annual U.S. export volumes will surpass the Middle East for the first time in 2020.” But the world has dramatically changed since Hadjipateras made that statement. It now appears U.S. LPG exports will fall back and Middle East exports will rise. American Shipper

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"Please Scroll Down to View "WGMA - People, Places, and Events"<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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Port of Port Arthur Board of Commissioners’ Meeting – March 25<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Notice has been received that the Regular Meeting of the Boarding of Commissioners of the Port of Port Arthur Navigation District will be held as scheduled on Wednesday, March 25th, beginning at 9AM at the Port Commission office, 221 Houston Avenue, Port Arthur TX. Agenda

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Dr. Bryan Gulley selected to fill seat on Port Commission (video)<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Nueces County and the City of Corpus Christi each have three seats on the Commission. San Patricio County has one. KIII TV

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Exxon's Baton Rouge Refinery Cuts Production Due to Low Demand<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Exxon Mobil Corp cut production on Saturday at its 502,500 barrel-per-day Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery as poor demand has pushed up inventories and filled storage tanks, said sources familiar with plant operations. The number of contract workers at the Baton Rouge refinery was cut by 1,800 people on Friday as Exxon begun informing service companies of planned spending cuts. Reuters

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Panama Canal Advisory to Shipping<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 20 – The Autoridad del Canal de Panama issued Advisory to Shipping No. A-10-2020, informing the trade of “Modifications and Additional Clarifications Related to the Establishment of Guarantees for Transit Reservation and Transit Itinerary Creation Fees”. Read Advisory A-10-2020 here.

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An Update from Houston Maritime Museum<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">In observance of the general and widely adopted protocols relating to social distancing and limitation of group gatherings in a nationwide effort to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus, Houston Maritime Museum has been temporarily closed to the public since early March and will remain so until further notice. As a result of the economic challenge resulting from our temporary closure, a small number of the Museum's crew have had their hours reduced, been placed on furlough or terminated. The remaining crew continues to develop plans and programs to benefit guests and patrons upon the reopening of the museum once things are back to normal. Unfortunately this temporary closure has and will continue to affect the ability of the Museum to collect a sustaining revenue stream from our visiting public, group tours, school groups, organizations and other patrons. With that in mind, we ask any individual or organization wishing to contribute to the museum's operating fund to click on the link or contact the Museum for guidance. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

 

VALUE ADDED BENEFITS FOR WGMA MEMBERS<span-size:18.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:white">

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS<span-size:18.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:white">

 

Senate on Cusp of Coronavirus Stimulus Deal After Agreements in Key Areas<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are on the cusp of a deal for a massive coronavirus stimulus package after settling disagreements over relief for the airline industry, beefed-up unemployment benefits and money for hospitals. Democratic senators participated in a briefing call Monday night on the latest developments in the negotiations, and a vote is expected as soon as Tuesday. The Hill

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‘Can’t even give it away’: $1 gasoline is a warning for economy<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">London, Kentucky, has become the first U.S. city to see pump prices fall below $1 a gallon as coronavirus-related lockdowns halt transit across the country -- and it won’t be the last.

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Prevent Price Gouging, Hoarding of Medical Supplies<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - President Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at preventing price gouging and hoarding of critical medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Attorney General William Barr detailed the executive order at a White House briefing Monday evening, saying it would prohibit people from accumulating critical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak in an effort to profit off of them. Barr said the Department of Justice (DOJ) had seen potential evidence of hoarding and price gouging amid the pandemic. The Hill

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ILA Efforts to Get Waterfront Coronaviris (COVID-19) Testing Hitting Roadblocks as States Say Federal Government is Slow to Provide Test or Funding<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">NORTH BERGEN, March 22 – The leadership of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO has been working tirelessly throughout the weekend trying to establish Coronavirus (COV-19) testing at waterfront facilities and hiring halls to best protect ILA members. Their appeals to the leadership at Governor’s Offices in many States is met by the same response: The Federal Government is unable to provide us with funding or the Coronavirus tests. International President Harold J. Daggett and Executive Vice President Dennis A. Daggett have been on numerous calls directly with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy throughout Sunday, March 22, 2020. ILA District Related “America and Canada Now Know of the Vital and Valuable Service You Perform Each Day” Says ILA President Harold J. Daggett<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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Coronavirus Forces States to Order Nearly One in Three Americans to Stay Home<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">NEW YORK, March 22 - Nearly one in three Americans was under orders on Sunday to stay home to slow the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic as Ohio, Louisiana and Delaware became the latest states to enact broad restrictions, along with the city of Philadelphia. The three states join New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey, home to 101 million Americans combined, as cases nationwide topped 32,000, with more than 415 dead, according to a Reuters tally. Reuters Related U.S. Coronavirus Lockdown to Last 10-12 Weeks, Top Trump Official Says and Over 1.5 billion globally told to stay home to avoid virus<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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"Please Scroll Down to View "WGMA - People, Places, and Events"<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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U.S. Ports Seek $6.5 Billion in Grants, Assistance After Coronavirus<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">WASHINGTON - A group representing major U.S. ports is seeking $6.5 billion in grants and direct assistance in the wake of a steep decline in port and cruise line traffic following the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter to congressional leaders seen by Reuters. The American Association of Port Authorities said early estimates suggest a 20% annualized reduction in cargo activity at U.S. ports, leading to a loss of $1 billion in revenue. The group seeks $1 billion in port grants, $1 billion in direct assistance and $4.5 billion for federal navigation channel improvement and maintenance projects. Reuters

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THANK YOU to the Unseen Maritime Professionals on the Front Lines of COVID-19<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">In this video, after Captain John Konrad, Founder and CEO of gCaptain joins the majority of people working from home, he expresses his personal thanks to all the Coast Guard, Navy, Tugboaters, Seafarers, facilities engineers, ferry captains, and millions of other maritime professionals at work on the front lines of this pandemic. gCaptain

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Virus’ Impact on Spending May Dictate Charleston Port’s Cargo Volumes<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 22 - It’s fairly easy to predict the impact COVID-19 will have on cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston over the next few months: A substantial dip as the virus continues to spread through Europe and North America followed by a corresponding rebound as supply chains replenish. What isn’t so clear is the long-term impact the pandemic will have on U.S. consumers. “We would expect a 15 percent to 20 percent shortfall in volumes in March and April accounted for by a lot of (canceled) sailings in Asia and the fact that the Asian factories have really only come back to work 100 percent (last) week,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority. The Post and Courier

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Oil, Fishing, Tourism: Alaska Economy Faces Triple Hit from Coronavirus <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">The U.S. state of Alaska is so far distant from the worst medical ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. Marinelink

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">More Cruise Ships Reach Port <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Ten days after the cruise industry announced its 30-day suspension of operations, several cruise ships are still working to return to port. Complicated by fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and port closures, the cruise lines are having to develop unique solutions to the challenge. Maritime Executive

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS<span-size:18.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:white">

 

Oil to Outstrip Storage Infrastructure Within Months<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - The surge in world oil production that has followed the failure of OPEC+ members to reach a consensus on further supply constraints at their 5 March meeting in Vienna is likely to mean that storage capacity for crude oil and products will run out in months. This was the stark message from Oslo-based Rystad Energy, a research and consultancy firm, on Friday. According to Rystad’s analysis, just over three quarters of global storage capacity is already full and the imbalance between demand and supply is now running at about 10m bpd. Over the year as a whole, Rystad’s projections indicate that oil supply will outstrip demand by an average of 6m bpd, equivalent to a storage requirement of two billion barrels this year. In theory, running at this level of surplus, it would take nine months to fill all onshore tanks. However, in practice, due to operational constraints, the limit would be reached within just a few months, Rystad said. Seatrade Maritime News Related Gibson Weekly Tanker Market Report: Oil Price Shock No.4, History’s Largest Oil Glut Months Away from Topping World Storage While Tanker Freight Rates Explode, Saudi Arabia Just Won Control of the Oil Market, The Decline and Fall of the Gulf’s Oil Empire is Looming, April Could Be WORST MONTH EVER for Oil, <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:blue">COVID-19 and oil price war could derail two-thirds of the world’s oil & gas project sanctioning in 2020, <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:blue">Shell, Total cut billions from their budgets as oil prices plummet <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">and Oil Seen at $25-$30/B as US Likely to be Victim of Price War: S&P Global Ratings

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Shanghai Issues Guidance to Allow Chinese Crew Shifts<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 24 - The Shanghai government has eased the crew change ban by releasing a new guidance for managing crew shift issues at Shanghai Port. Under the new guidance, shipping companies are required to report the past itinerary of ships that will berth at Shanghai Port and Chinese crew are allowed to go ashore with the exception of those who have been to the 24 countries identified by Chinese customs as seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic 14 days before arriving at Shanghai. The 24 countries are Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Australia, Malaysia, Greece, Czech Republic, Finland, Qatar, Canada and Saudi Arabia. Splash247 Related Danica Crewing Boss Says Seafarers at Less Risk if Crew Changes Halted, and Crew Change Crisis – Plea of a Ship Master

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International Chamber of Shipping Welcomes Extension of EU Consortia Block Exemption for Liner Shipping<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 24 - The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet, has welcomed the confirmation by the European Commission of the extension of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER), without change to the current EU competition regime until at least April 2024. The European Commission has undertaken rigorous analysis of the evidence to ensure the current arrangements for liner consortia remain fit for purpose. Following a long and thorough consultation with relevant stakeholders, and its recognition of the importance and benefits of vessel sharing agreements throughout the container shipping industry moving goods between the EU and its global trading partners, the Commission published the regulation confirming the extension today. ICS

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Shifting Realities: How the Covid-19 Crisis will Impact the Maritime Threat Picture<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - The emergence of COVID-19 as a severe global public health issue has created significant ramifications, including economic disruption and the threat of a global recession, logistical complexities, geopolitical considerations, and security issues. The shipping industry and maritime domain has not been insulated from these. It is expected that COVID-19 will be the defining threat trend of the year, which will shape commercial and security trends within shipping. During this period of instability, it is key that vessels, vessel owners and the maritime community rely on clear-headed, data-driven and reliable solutions, which will facilitate economic activity within this new reality. Dryad Global

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Ship Agents in the 2020s<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - Traditionally, a ship agent (as a representative of the owner, the charterer -or both- of a visiting ship), ensures that the essential requirements for a ship visit are arranged and met. Therefore, they have an important monitoring role, before and during a port call, taking the necessary actions to avoid or minimize disruptions. Ship agents also guarantee that involved port actors are paid at the right level of compensation. Enhanced digitization and collaboration in the maritime transportation sector, through implementation of digital data sharing, is an inevitable and unavoidable change and one that will affect the ship agent’s business. The current article explores emerging opportunities, and prerequisites to harness these. Splash247

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Stringent COVID-19 Port Controls Weakening Dry Bulk Time Charter Rates: Platts Survey<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">SINGAPORE - With the Coronavirus pandemic worsening globally, the enforcement of further restrictions across key ports from this week was seen having a detrimental impact on the dry bulk shipping market. The sector has taken a beating due to major ports prohibiting crew changes and imposing the 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement, allowing ships to enter port limits only 14 days after departure from the previous port. S&P Global Platts conducted a straw poll among market participants to gauge the fallout from these mandatory measures that many countries have put on ships calling at their ports from affected areas. S&P Global Platts Related Western supply chains buckle as coronavirus lockdowns spread

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The Cruise Industry’s War Against COVID-19<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that their ocean-going cruise lines would be, “voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19.” This decision followed on the heels of many shipping lines, making similar choices and marked a historic event. The outbreak of the Coronavirus gripped most western news sources when the plight of the Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japan began to unfold. It was followed by the Grand Princess off San Francisco, and others around the world. Some cruise ships, such as Westerdam of Holland-American Lines, found themselves unable to offload their passengers in any ports, a veritable Flying Dutchman. With the suspension of cruises and most vacationers offloaded, the ships are docked or at anchor around the world awaiting a callback. But what that call entails, no one is quite sure. gCaptain

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Disciplined Capacity Management by Carriers Keeps Freight Rates in Line<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Continued discipline over capacity management by container lines managed to keep freight rates from tumbling this week as increased levels of factory production in China began to be offset by Coronavirus crisis that has gripped Europe and North America. Last week’s double-digit gain on the transpacific headhaul route from China to the US west coast on the SCFI was reversed this week, with its Shanghai-USWC rate dipping 3.8% to $1,549 per feu. Similarly, the Shanghai-US east coast freight rate fell 4.4% to finish the week at $2,785 per feu, as US demand for imports appeared to be declining dramatically, reportedly leading the east coast gateway of Miami to temporarily suspend port operations due to lack of cargo. The Loadstar Related Chinese Port Container Volumes Decline 10.6% in Jan-Feb This Year

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Pirates Kidnap Seven Crew From MSC Boxship Off Gabon<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 23 - Seven crew members onboard container vessel MSC Talia F have been kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Libreville, Gabon. The 2015-built, 957-teu MSC Talia F, carrying 17 seafarers, is believed to have been en-route from Lome, Togo to Port Libreville, Gabon at the time of the pirates’ boarding, according to Dryad Global Maritime Security. “Reporting indicates that the Portuguese-flagged container vessel MSC Talia F was boarded resulting in the kidnap of seven crew,” Dryad Global said on its website. Seatrade Maritime News

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India halts its crucial train network to try to stop virus<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">As India expanded its virus-containment measures and halted its train network, the country's lifeblood, the federal government warned Monday of strict legal action for those who flout the rules. The wholesale shutdown of India's massive train system is unprecedented. Beaumont Enterprise

 

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">10 Things To Know For Today - AP News

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Harris County/Houston Coronavirus Disease Self-Assessment Tool<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">This tool will help determine whether you may need further assessment or need to be tested for COVID-19. CheckforCorona

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Carolina Panthers To Sign XFL Roughnecks Star QB P.J. Walker<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Per a report by ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Carolina Panthers will sign Houston Roughnecks star QB P.J. Walker. This happened within two hours of the XFL to NFL signing period beginning. XFL News Related Saints sign Deatrick Nichols, XFL's interceptions leader

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Abe says IOC agrees ’100%′ that Olympics should be postponed<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday. AP News

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">If you’ve already cleared through your to-do list for today—and watched everything in your Netflix binge list (twice)—you’re probably looking for something new to occupy your time. Sure, you could rearrange your pantry or mix up a batch of your own hand sanitizer—but there’s plenty of fun to be had for free. Expect this list to grow as new entertainers share their talents while they’re social distancing. RealSimple

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">The novel Coronavirus pandemic is upending our way of life. That includes our beloved weekends. To prevent its spread, public health officials agree: Social distancing has become essential. That means we should limit our contact with people and avoid groups. But social distancing doesn't mean your weekend is doomed. You just have to get a little creative. CNN

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Volunteers sew masks for health workers facing shortages<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">Bill Purdue waterproofs basements for a living, but he has spent the past few days in his buddy’s Washington, Indiana, auto trim and upholstery shop cutting rectangles of cotton fabric that his friend sews into face masks. Fashion designer Briana Danyele left Italy last month to return to her mother’s Greer, South Carolina, home, where she has turned the living room into a mini sewing factory, making masks that she embroiders with the words, “We Got This!” AP News

 

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> March 19 - ITMA Mack Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament (May 14)

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> March 19-21, WISTA USA Annual General Meeting - Houston

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> March 20 - Propeller Club Ports of Southwest Louisiana Golf Tournament

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> - March 23 - Port of Lake Charles Board of Commissioners' Meeting

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CANCELLED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> - March 24 - Port Houston Board of Commissioners' Meeting @9AM

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> March 24 - Port of Brownsville – State of the Port 2020 

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 25 - Port of Port Arthur Board of Commissioners' Meeting @9AM

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CANCELLED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> March 25 - WGMA Houston Membership Meeting

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 26 - Houston Pilot Board of Commissioners' Webex Webinar Meeting @10AM

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 30 - Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners' Telecall Meeting @10AM

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 30 - Port of Freeport Board of Commissioners' Telecall Meeting @1:00PM

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UNCONFIRMED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> March 30 - Norwegian Seamen`s Church of Houston Annual and Traditional Golf Tournament

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> - March 30 - April 2, Economic Alliance 2020 Federal Advocacy Trip<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 31 - INTERTANKO North American Panel Webinar Meeting

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> - March 31 - Port of Corpus Christi Board of Commission Meeting

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">March 31 - Port of Galveston Board of Trustees GoTo Meeting @9AM

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> - March 31 - April 2, CMA Conference - Stamford, Connecticut

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> - April 1 - Port and Maritime Research Showcase

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#F72307"> <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">- April 1-2, Project Cargo & Breakbulk Conference & Exhibition Houston 2020

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">April 1 - WGMA’s J.H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarships – Deadline

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 2 - PHPME Monthly Committee Meeting

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 7 - SCI Maritime Training Benefit Luncheon

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#F72307">POSTPONED <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">April 16 - Propeller Club of Houston Shrimp Boil

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CANCELLED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 16 - South Texas Waterway Action Committee Meeting

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 17 - Maritime & Logistics Youth Expo 2020

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UNCONFIRMED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 18 - Houston Maritime Museum’s MAST Contest 2020: Student Art Contest

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UNCONFIRMED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 23 - 20th Annual Setting the Course Banquet of Seafarers International House, New York Athletic Club

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UNCONFIRMED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 25 - Maritime Worker's Emergency Medical Fund Seafood Boil

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POSTPONED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 27-28 BIMCO Masterclass: Towage & Salvage

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CANCELLED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> April 27-29, Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">May 2- Houston International Seafarers' Center Virtual Maritime Gala

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">May 2 - National Maritime Day / Safety at Sea / AMVER

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#F72307">POSTPONED <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">May 7 - PHPME Monthly Committee Meeting

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> 

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">May 9 - 20th Annual Port Freeport Take-A-Child Fishing Tournament

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">May 20 - Houston Propeller Club Bowling Tournament

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">June 8 - Artist Boat’s World Oceans Day Festival

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">June 17 -18, Project Cargo & Breakbulk Conference & Exhibition Houston 2020

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">June 18 - Houston Propeller Club Salute Dinner & Dance

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RESCHEDULED<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> June 29 - July 1, CMA Conference - Stamford, Connecticut

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">July 16 - South Texas Waterway Committee (STWAC) Meeting

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">August 15 - Greater Houston Port Bureau Maritime Dinner

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">September 10 - Houston Propeller Club Clay Shoot

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">September 29 - October 1, Breakbulk Americas Houston 2020

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">October 29 - Marine Environment Protection Annual Conference and Awards Dinner

 

 

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