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MISC in pact to assist stranded seafarers
The MISC group, comprising MISC Bhd, AET Pte Ltd and Eaglestar Marine Holdings (L), has signed the Neptune declaration to help stranded seafarers caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
MISC president and group chief executive officer Yee Yang Chien (pic) said seafarers are the front liners for the company and have been moving essential cargoes throughout the pandemic.
MSC CEO Soren Toft Backs Industry Campaign For Seafarers Amid Global Crew Change Crises
As the latest measure to alleviate hardship on seafarers, MSC has joined forces with peers across the maritime value chain in a worldwide call to action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by COVID-19.
Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are stuck at sea since crew changes were banned by many governments to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Czech Republic added to Philippines international crew change ban
The addition of the Czech Republic applies from 00-01hrs on 28 January and bars all international crew change within 14 days for non-Filipino crew. Crew change can still be conducting for Filipino national seafarers, however, is only allowed in the Port of Manila with transfer by shipping agents to dedicated facilities for a strict 14-day quarantine.
Norwegian Cruise Line wants crew members vaccinated before sailings
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd has said it intends for crew members to have received a coronavirus vaccine before they return to its cruise ships.
The group, which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has said that it intends that "all crew members be vaccinated before boarding our vessels".
Developing Wind Propulsion for Dry Bulk Carriers
Oldendorff Carriers, one of the world s leading dry bulk lines, announced that it will participate in a joint development project to design and test wind-assisted propulsion technology for its dry bulk carriers. The project, scheduled for completion in 2022, is designed to break down significant barriers for the installation of rotor sails technology and pave the path for commercial-ready applications across the industry.
CORSICA LINEA ferry contacted bottom, breached hull, water ingress, Bastia France
Ferry PAGLIA ORBA serving Bastia Corsica - Marseille line, France, contacted bottom while entering Bastia port in the morning Jan 25, sustaining at least two hull breaches with ensuing water ingress. Fire engines pumps and divers were deployed to take water ingress under control. Ferry is taken off service, she l have to undergo dry dock repairs.
Jeff Bezos names rocket landing ship after his mother
Rechristening the ro-ro ferry Stena Freighter, Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos named the newly refurbished rocket landing platform after his mother, Jacklyn Bezos.
Just like its rival company, SpaceX, Jeff Bezos Blue Origin plans to land rockets on drone ships, with the Jacklyn being the flagship vessel of the same, serving as a landing platform for booster rockets.
Panama ports record aggressive growth amidst pandemic
The port activity in Panama recorded an aggressive 5.3% growth last year. Not only this, but it also registered the highest ever volume handled at the ports, capped at 7.73m TEUs, despite months of lockdowns that ravaged world economies.
All of Panama s container terminals, except Evergreenís Colon Container Terminal (CCT) on the Atlantic side, recorded growth in 2020.
Korean trawler on fire, 34 crew evacuated, safe, Philippines
Trawler NO.96 OYANG caught fire early in the morning Jan 26 in Philippines sea E of Manila, 34 crew had to abandon the ship and went into life rafts. Later they were picked up by nearby vessels, to be transferred and disembarked at Cebu City by PCG ship. No injures reported, condition and status of trawler unknown, probably burning out.