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Stranded in Chinese waters, 16 more Indian sailors to return home
Sixteen Indian sailors stranded in Chinese waters for more than four months are set to return home after authorities in Beijing agreed to Indias request to permit a crew change, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday.
A total of 39 Indian seafarers were stranded on two merchant vessels off Chinese ports for months because of the trade row between China and Australia.
Egypt, Greece sign MoU to cooperate in maritime transport
Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabei, witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Greek company Empire Chemical Tanker Holding Inc to support ways of joint cooperation in the fields of maritime transport.
Shipping decarbonisation lacks ambition and urgency, claim NGOs
Representatives from the shipping industry and environmental NGOs exposed the gaps between their understandings of where the shipping industry currently stands on decarbonising and where it needs to get to.
On a panel together at the global maritime environmental congress (gmec) as part of SMM Digital, there were few areas of common ground between NGO and shipping panellists.
Maritime employee survey launches
Halcyon Recruitment, Coracle Online and the Diversity Study Group are today launching their annual Maritime Employee Survey.
Now in its 12th year, this annual undertaking examines the impact of people centric issues on shore-based maritime and shipping employees around the world.
Dutch Seafarers Appeal to Maersk Shareholders to Save Their Jobs
Dutch seafarers facing job cuts after Maersk Line announced the sale of its Dutch ships are appealing to the shareholders of A.P. Moeller - Maersk to intervene to help save their jobs. Their open letter to the Maersk shareholders appealing for intervention with management is the latest step in a campaign launched in December 2020 and supported by Nautilus International, the international trade union for seafarers.
Risk of crew crisis worsening again: Euronav
The crew change crisis that has dogged the shipping industry during the Covid-19 pandemic is at risk of worsening again unless action is taken, Euronav chief executive Hugo De Stoop told Argus.
Many countries banned crew changes at times during 2020, while restrictions on international flights made it difficult for seafarers to be transported between ships and their home countries.
Ship-owners and operators invest downtime in crew training
The corona virus has had a major impact on the shipping industry. Experts in Yara Marine Technologies now have their hands full with online training to help superintendents and chief engineers invest downtime in their crew. Number of training courses has nearly doubled, the company stated.
"Scrubbers are still considered as new equipment and our experience is that key crewmembers still could use better understanding, more experience and training," Aleksander Askeland, CSO at Yara Marine Technologies said.
80% of ports missing out on the benefits of digitalisation, creating "last mile" risks
Innovez One, one of the worlds leading providers of port management software for the worlds busiest ports and towage operators, today stated that of the 4,900 ports in the world, the majority are not yet using digital technology for even the most basic processes; 80% of ports continue to rely on manual, legacy solutions such as whiteboards or spreadsheets to manage critical marine services such as towage, pilotage and launch boats.
Polarcus to Cease Operations and Terminate All Employees
Oslo-listed seismic survey shipping company Polarcus (OSE: PLCS) has announced its intention cease operations and terminate all employees after its lenders withdrew support after taking over control of the company in response to the company defaulting on its bank loans and bonds.
The move comes as the company faces fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and volatile oil prices.
NTSB Blames Poor Bridge Resource Management for LPG Tankers Wharf Strike
A ship carrying liquefied petroleum gas struck a Washington State wharf in 2019 because the pilot approached with excessive speed and at too steep an angle, resulting from poor bridge resource management by the Puget Sound pilot and the ships bridge team, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.
Ferry ran aground on reefs twice in less than 48 hours
Ferry SABUK NUSANTARA 62 ran aground on the reefs twice in less than 48 hours, in Raja Ampat Regency waters, West Papua, Indonesia. First grounding occurred at around 0200 UTC Feb 2, when ferry was sailing from Sorong to Waisilip Village. She was refloated, probably by own means, shortly after grounding, and resumed voyage.