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Mauritius Oil Spill Ship Was 17% Understaffed.
A damming new report from the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) is shedding more new light on the circumstances surrounding the Wakashio disaster.
It turns out that the Wakashio only had 20 crew on board.
For vessels of this class (the Wakashio was one of the largest ships in the sea, a Capesize class, meaning it is too large to pass through the Panama and Suez Canals), the crew size should have been 24.
India: Fears surrounding the last government port in line to be privatised.
The Jawahralal Nehru Port Trust at Uran in Maharashtra's Raigad district is India's largest and only government-owned port terminal. Its premises house more than eight thousand acres of land and thousands of workers are dependent on it. Being India's busiest port, it is also profitable. It is therefore surprising that the Modi government is looking to privatise it in the name of raising money.
The move has triggered the discontent among workers as well as villagers in the area, who are mobilising in order to oppose it.
Ship recycling logjam likely as owners face conflicting regulations.
The new green recycling facility proposed for Saldanha Bay in South Africa may give owners another option sometime in the future, but for the moment, recycling end-of life ships in today's multi-tier market is a major headache for ship operators.
European owners with vessels flagged in the EU, and owners of ships trading in and out of the European bloc, face particular challenges.
India: Goa Ex-seafarers reiterate demand for resumption of pension scheme.
Retired seafarers and their widows, on Saturday staged protest, at Benaulim, demanding the resumption of the pension scheme.
The scheme has been put on hold for a year now.
Earlier last week, retired seafarers and their widows had held a similar protest in Assolna, urging the local MLA to take up the issue.
Philippines seeks to join ILO white list to help seafarers abroad.
THE country is now seeking to be included in the International Labour Organization's (ILO) "White List," which will allow Filipino seafarers greater mobility abroad during the Covid-19 crisis.
Last month, the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC) issued Resolution No. 3, series of 2020, which endorsed the Philippines's application for inclusion in the list for complying with the requirements for the issuance of Seafarersí Identity Documents (SID) under ILO Convention 185.
New Zealand: Covid-19 rules for ship crew: Its worse than being in prison.
A ship's captain is describing the way crew are being treated during Covid-19 as inhumane and like being in prison.
Crews on ships coming into New Zealand ports are not allowed ashore and must wear PPE gear every time they are on deck.
This also applies to New Zealand crew.
Tanker searched for drugs since August, nothing found, but search will go on.
Product tanker STAR BALBOA is stuck at Port of Spain anchorage, Trinidad and Tobago, since Aug 29. Tanker was detained shortly after arrival, on a drug trafficking suspicion, says local news outlet "NEWSDAY Trinidad and Tobago". Local law enforcement, tipped off by the US DEA, is searching tanker for drugs ever since, found nothing, and in bitter disappointment, but still hoping for "happy end", demanded cargo tanks to be emptied of their cargo, to continue search.
General cargo ship beached by storm, 16 crew rescued, Vietnam.
General cargo ship MINH NAM 07 was beached by storm early in the morning Oct 10 near Ky Anh town, Ha Tinh Province, north central Vietnam. The ship was ballasting from Vung Tau to Quang Ninh, northeast Vietnam. All 16 crew were rescued by locals, understood fishermen.
Singaporean Seafarers Receive Additional Unemployment Assistance.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Singapore Maritime Officers Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) have extended financial support for Singaporean seafarers under the Seafarers Relief Package (SRP) by another three months, i.e. from a cap of three months (up to $2400) to six months (up to $4800). Singaporean seafarers who are unable to secure shipboard employment between 1 May 2020 and 31 December 2020 are eligible for the SRP. Previously, the eligibility period for the SRP covered 1 May 2020 to 31 July 2020.
India: Major ports cargo traffic falls for 6th straight month in Sep.
Hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, India s top 12 ports continue to witness considerable decline in cargo traffic registering a 14 per cent dip in the first half of the current fiscal to 298.55 million tonnes (MT), according to ports apex body IPA.
Cargo volumes at these 12 major ports under the control of the Centre that had handled 348.23 MT during April-September of the last fiscal has declined for the sixth straight month in September 2020.