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ITF Seafarers Secures Tanker Crew Release In Iran
More than a dozen seafarers from South Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Indonesia are now making their way home after the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and its Iranian affiliate helped broker their release from Iranian authorities.
Irans Revolutionary Guard seized the South Korean-flagged tanker MT Hankuk Chemi in the Strait of Hormuz on 4 January 2021.
Suicides at sea go uncounted as crew change crisis drags on
THE crew change crisis may well be increasing the numbers of seafarers taking their lives at sea. But there is no central database, so nobody knows for sure.
Charities and aid groups said there were anecdotal reports suicides have increased as the crisis drags on, with seafarers trapped either at sea or on land without income.
IMO Urges Action to Deter Gulf of Guinea Piracy
The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, has expressed his deep concern about the escalation in the number and severity of attacks on ships and crew in the Gulf of Guinea region.
Lim insisted on the need for all stakeholders to work together to restore security and reduce the threats to the safety and security of crews and vessels operating in the area and highlighted that ships need to implement the IMO endorsed Best Management Practices (BMP) for West Africa (WA) to avoid, deter, delay and report attacks.
Finland plans to extend seafarer certificate validity due to COVID
Finlands government is proposing that the validity of fixed-term ships crew certificates of competency and certificates of proficiency be extended due to the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. A derogation permitting a special dispensation from certificates of proficiency required on a vessel would also be extended. The derogations would be temporary.
Indian cruise ship providing quarantine floatel for Sri Lanka crew change
As part of the sea travel bubble services for crew changes, the ship has been serving seamen who have been stranded across the globe due to the limited frequency of flights to either return home or join ship in Covid-19 conditions.
"Seafarers disembark from their respective ships, and stay on our vessel for four to five days in quarantine mode, while they complete formalities for their departure from Sri Lanka," said Capt. Nitin Dhond, chairman and managing director of Angriya Sea Eagle, that owns and runs the ship.
Abu Dhabis maritime and oil firms ink waterways safety deal - Arab News
Abu Dhabi Maritime and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) have signed an agreement to protect the UAE capitals waterways, state news agency WAM has reported.
The five-year agreement will allow both agencies to exchange information, data and expertise on the regulation and management of maritime activities, infrastructure developments, and facilities across Abu Dhabi.
Seafarers compensation cases and company doctors declarations
Courts are not bound by the medical findings of the company doctors in the determination of compensation cases filed by Filipino seafarers.
In most seafarer cases for disability or death benefits claims, one of the arguments often raised by the companies is that they are not liable to pay benefits by pointing to the medical reports of the company-designated physician that the seafarers illness is not work-connected, that he is fit to work or that the compensation is limited to a lower amount based on a low disability grading.
Two Seriously Injured in Blast on Chinese Bulk Carrier Off Gibraltar
An investigation is underway into an explosion aboard a bulk carrier of Gibraltar that resulted in serious injuries to two crew members.
The explosion occurred on board the Hong Kong-flagged CSSC Cape Town late Friday night at was under in the Bay of Gibraltar en route from Baltimore, U.S.A. to Port Said, Egypt.
Disabled LPG tanker under tow in Bristol Channel
LPG tanker SEAGAS MAJOR with a load of LPG suffered a turbocharger breakdown early Feb 18 shortly after leaving Milford Haven, Wales, Celtic sea. Tanker was taken on tow but had to be anchored, after towline broke. Attempts to resumed towage failed due to adverse weather. Finally, at around midday Feb 20, she was taken on tow by French tug BEVER (IMO 9492256), to be towed, it is believed, to Avonmouth Bristol.
Tanker explosion, fire, 1 crew missing, Vietnam
In the afternoon Feb 19 shortcut caused an explosion, followed by fire, on board of tanker MEKONGTRANS 01 in Quang Nai waters, South Central Vietnam. Tanker according to track, was under way after completing cargo operations at Quang Nai Port, sailing south to Can Tho, southern Vietnam. Fire was extinguished by the crew in about an hour, but one crew, an engineer, went missing.
Container ship destroyed bridge construction crane, Vietnam
Container ship PHUC KHANH in the morning Feb 21 suffered engine failure while proceeding upstream in Soai Rap river, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and drifted onto a tower crane deployed in construction of Phuoc Khanh Bridge. Crane collapsed with upper part falling onto container ship and destroying a number of containers on board, 4 containers fell overboard.
Towage at 9-12 knots speed? German freighter towed to Brest.
General cargo ship STEINAU suffered engine failure on Feb 20 in Bay of Biscay of Brittany, France, while en route from Spain to UK with cargo of paper reels. SAR tug ABEILLE BOURBON responded and approached disabled freighter early in the morning Feb 21. STEINAU was taken on tow and towed to Brest, where she berthed in the afternoon same day.