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An SOS for the stranded seafarers who ship global trade.
On the excessive seas, a hidden humanitarian disaster is gripping the freight ships that hold international commerce afloat. Lockdown measures designed to fight the pandemic have left as many as 400,000 seafarers stranded on their vessels, previous the expiry of their contracts. Thats nearly half the 1m seafarers estimated to be at sea at any time. Sheer exhaustion means the danger of a major accident is rising.
ASG member involved in kidnapping of Indonesians, 2 others surrender.
An Abu Sayyaf Group member who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of Indonesian seafarers and two others surrendered in Sulu on Friday, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) announced Saturday.
According to WestMinCom commander Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan Jr., "Dexter" surrendered along with Albasid Salim alias Abu Sabad and Edwin Panduga Abdulmain alias Splakang.
India: Container levels recover at JNPT.
Septembers throughput at India's JN Port Trust was only 5% below September 2019 levels, reflecting the steady recovery in economic activity in the country. The port handled 380, 384 teu compared with 400,365 teu in the same month of last year, and throughput was 7.8% higher than in August when 352,735 teu was recorded.
13 Test Positive for COVID-19 Aboard Luxury Cruise Ship.
13 people aboard the Ponant cruise ship Le Jacques Cartier have tested positive for COVID-19, and the vessel has suspended her planned itinerary in order to return to port at Marseille.
The outbreak began on October 26 when the vessel arrived at the port of Syracuse, Sicily. Two crewmembers were diagnosed with COVID-19, and the vessel initiated its response procedures.
Over 11,000 crew changes conducted in Panama.
Crew change has been the biggest issues facing the shipping industry this year with some 400,000 seafarers left stranded either on vessels or ashore due to Covid-19 travel bans and restrictions.
Panama is one location where international crew change has become possible and a total of 11,050 changes have taken place since the world started to lockdown on 19 March.
CMIT receives largest container vessel in Vietnams history.
On 26 October 2020, Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT), a joint venture between APM Terminals, Vietnam Maritime Corporation and Saigon Port, successfully received Maersk Lines EEE vessel Margrethe Maersk with close to 20,000 TEU.
This vessel is deployed on the 2M alliances TP6/Pearl service connecting Vietnam with US West Coast and calls CMIT to discharge and load total 6,500 TEU cargo.