WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team has emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. They were required to complete a 14-day quarantine after arriving in China. The mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak. A major question is where the Chinese side will allow the researchers to go and with whom they will be able to talk. WHO said late Thursday on Twitter that its team plans to make field visits to hospitals, markets, and and laboratories starting Friday.
Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore-based Koch Shipping for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels.The company’s 206,040 dwt Philadelphia was hired for a period of twenty to twenty-three months.Diana Shipping said that the gross charter rate for the ship is USD 20,000 per day.This employment is to generate some USD 11.7 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Built in 2012, the vessel started working under the new charter deal on June 18.Philadelphia was previously chartered by Koch Shipping at a gross charter rate of USD 15,500 per day.