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New container line services connecting Tianjin Port to Southesast Asia.
The new service, jointly operated by four lines, Cosco Shipping, OOCL, Regional Container Lines and Gold Star Line, will deploy seven 8,500-9,500 teu container vessels on weekly basis.
Departing from Tianjin port, the major ports berthed will include Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, and port Kelang.
Two contacts in Kiel Canal, container ship damaged
Container ship contacted the wall of New Northern Lock while entering Kiel Canal at around 0040 UTC Oct 28, being en route from UK to Gdynia Poland. The ship reportedly, sustained 2-meter crack in bow area, and other, superficial, damages. Lock s wall was also damaged. The ship exited Lock and was berthed in Brunsbuettel, Kiel Canal, for damages assessment and investigation.
Russian trawler fire, crew evacuated, South Korean waters.
Fire erupted on board of Russian reefer trawler KAMCHATKA HARVEST south of Tongyeong port, east coast of South Korea, in the afternoon Oct 28, shortly after trawler left Tongyeong, and was sailing in southern direction. Reportedly, all 30 crew or majority of the crew, were evacuated by Coast Guard, trawler was taken back to port and moored, to fight the fire.
ASENAV designs innovative expedition cruise ship for COVID-19 safety.
The 89-meter/292-foot vessel would have capacity for 138 passengers in 69 balcony cabins, served by 45 crew. Facilities include a restaurant, observation lounge, two libraries, a barbecue, four saunas and a sun deck - with many spaces designed to incorporate individual environments.
ASENAV s overarching objectives are maximum safety and hygiene, roomy spaces to avoid crowding, high-quality construction and equipment while maintaining an affordable cost for the owner, and the lowest possible environmental impact.
Singapore: Cruise workers would rather be onboard ships in a pandemic than home.
Barely six months ago, media reports labelled cruise ships as "early incubators" of the coronavirus. News feeds were filled with images of cruise workers marooned at sea, as fears of COVID-19 shut down international ports.
When the cruise industry powered down, a new international logistical nightmare grew. With the majority of ship operations run by migrant labour, the task of bringing cruise workers home turned into an unprecedented repatriation effort.
60 Passengers Infected with COVID-19 on River Cruise Ship.
Around 60 of the 92 passengers (two-thrids) who sailed on the river cruise ship MS Swiss Crystal from October 10th to 17th have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Swiss newspaper Blick. The majority of the cruise guests were from Switzerland and had sailed on the Swiss Crystal on the Main and Danube river earlier this month. Two-thirds of the guests are now reportedly "in isolation or quarantine." There is no information available whether the crew members went into islation or whether the next cruise was affected.
New Zealand: Shipping companies to manage and pay up for isolating crew.
Currently, crew who arrive in New Zealand to relieve workers on ships are not required to do 14 days in isolation and are only tested for Covid-19 if they have to spend at least three days in a managed isolation facility while they wait to board their ship.
But the port has written to shipping agents saying the country s latest Covid-19 outbreak, involving a local marine engineer and two colleagues, has identified significant failings and it was now enforcing a new rule for them to isolate for 14 days and return negative tests.
Three piracy attacks in Singapore Strait over 2 ½ hours.
Armed pirates stormed three ships in the Singapore Strait in the span of 2 ½ hours between Sunday night and yesterday morning.
But nothing was stolen from the bulk carriers in the three separate incidents, which took place in close proximity to one another in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the waterway.
IMEC, ITF open 300-crew Covid-19 facility in Manila.
The facilities currently can house up to 300 seafarers stay for a 14-day quarantine in two Manila hotels which are open from 28 October. The seafarers will have Covid-19 tests upon arrival and departure, stay in single occupancy rooms with meals delivered and receive ongoing treatment checks. We want members to book rooms as soon as possible, to make sure the initiative is successful.