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Ship manager offers solution to crew change crisis - Marine Log
Captain Rajesh Unni, founder and CEO of Singapore-headquartered ship manager Synergy Group, is proposing a solution to the seafarer welfare problem caused by coronavirus related restrictions on crew changes. He believes the answer is the organization of collective crew changes at key hub ports by ship managers and owners.
“I believe that collective, carefully managed crew changes at designated ports could help us tackle this crisis,” said Captain Unni. “Seafarers returning home would have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, of course. And those joining ships would need to pass a mandatory medical, including a COVID-19 test.”
As a number of organizations including Human Rights at Sea and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have made clear in recent days, the closure of borders and strict quarantine rules are preventing crew changes from being completed in accordance with employment contracts and international conventions including the Maritime Labor Convention.
MAERSK container ship several crew tested corona positive, China - Maritime Bulletin
Several crew members of container ship GJERTRUD MAERSK have been tested positive for coronavirus, and hospitalized in Ningbo, reported Chinese media on Mar 27, citing Lloyd, Maersk and local medical officials. It’s the first known case of cargo ship crew corona infection, so far. The ship arrived at Ningbo on Mar 17, from Hong Kong, and as of morning Mar 27, remains docked. Sick crew are to be replaced, with all safety measures taken. Crew ranks and other details are unknown.
Container ship GJERTRUD MAERSK, IMO 9320233, dwt 115700, capacity 10150 TEU, built 2005, flag Denmark, operator MAERSK.
Poorly designed oily water separators put seafarers at risk - - Splash 247
In a special one-off today, Splash is calling all seagoing engineers to take part in an Australian survey looking at the questionable designs of oily water separators.
Gavin Henderson is currently completing a Master of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) with the University of Tasmania. As part of his course, he is carrying out a research project that analyses the performance of oily water separators (OWS) across the maritime industry. The aim of the research is to find out if poorly designed supporting systems are negatively effecting OWS performance. To determine this, Henderson has created a 5-10 minute survey aimed at the people who operate these systems. The survey will provide information that will rank current OWS types against other provided technical data. This information should then reveal ways of improving OWS system design.
The Mission to Seafarers urges industry to recognise seafarers as international key workers during Covid-19 crisis - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
The Mission to Seafarers is highlighting the serious challenges faced by seafarers and calling for an urgent response.
In support of a joint plea from the from International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers Federation, The Mission to Seafarers is uniting with other maritime charities to call for recognition of the role of seafarers in providing essential international trade during the COVID-19 pandemic, as outlined in a letter from the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) to the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, Director General of the World Health Organization, Director General, United Nations International Labour Organization and Ministers of Transport for all national governments.
Coronavirus ' Indian seafarers stranded in Iran due to global shutdown - The Hindu
Trainee seamen are stuck on boats without money.
Among the over 250 Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Iran are fishermen and seafarers. Many of these seafarers are trainee ratings, who have been marooned in boats abandoned by the owners in ports such as Khorramshahr, Bandar Mahshahr and Bushehr. The Iranian crew in the boats have left for their homes.
The abandoned vessels are practically dead ships with no power or fuel. The trainees who can’t leave the port are making do with whatever supplies they can muster and keeping their spirits alive. Many say they have received no medical attention though none of them has shown any visible symptoms of COVID-19.
For many of these trainees, the 12-months they serve on the small Iranian ships — practically boats that ferry loose cargo from Dubai and back — will enable them to become certified seamen in India. Many have foregone salaries and some have put up money to agents in India to serve as trainees and become full-fledged seafarers so they can make a career in the merchant navy.
2000 Filipino seafarers to be airlifted from Florida to Manila - manilastandard.net
Some 2,000 Filipino seafarers were about to be airlifted to Manila on board a chartered plane from Orlando, Florida USA after the Carnival Corporation ship owner of Costa Lines in cooperation with the Magsaysay Shipping arranging charter flights for Filipino seafarers.
The ships, Costa Lines are still off the port of Miami and those who will fly back home are still waiting for the owner of Costa Lines for a charter flight to bring Filipinos back to Manila.
Two Costa Cruises ships, the Costa Magica and the Costa Favolosa were anchored near the port of Miami on Thursday with ill crew members on board.
Unidentified six crew members are to get off of the Magica and seven will leave the Favolosa. All will be taken to a local hospital for treatment, observation and testing while suffering from flu-like symptoms with similar to that of coronavirus, according to USA Today report.
Stuck in Iran, 70 seafarers without food, safety gear - The Tribune India
As many as 70 seafarers, stuck in Iran, have sent an e-mail to the Indian Embassy in Tehran, seeking help.
“Seventy Indian seamen have been stuck here for the past over 45 days. Some are stranded at Khorramshahr Port, Kish, Bandar Abbas and Bushehr. We want to come back to India after a proper medical test. The situation here is not good and Covid cases are on the rise. We have completed our sign-off procedure. The owner and the crew have abandoned the ship, the e-mail stated.”
Gurjant Singh Gill of Makhu town under Zira sub-division of Ferozepur district said: “We are stranded at different ports of Iran, some are in Karun and others in Bushehr, Bandar Abbas and Kish. We don’t have food. There are no medicines or safety kits here. We only have masks to protect us from the virus.”
The seafarers had sent a series of tweets to the India Embassy and the Shipping Minister. Following which, the Director General (DG) of Shipping sought details of those stuck at different ports.