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India: Government waiver of detention charges leads to congested port terminals; industry seeks rollback
The government’s order to waive off detention charges has led to congestion at port terminals as consignees are using containers for storage of cargo as factories are shut due to the lockdown.
“With repeated notifications for extended free time on container detention from the government, the consignees have no incentive to expedite the clearances,” said Sunil K Vaswani, Executive Director, Container Shipping Lines Association (India). CSLA India is a lobby group for global container carriers operating from/to India which includes Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM.
According to Vaswani, waiver of charges has resulted in acute congestion at the port terminals, Container Freight Stations (CFS) and Inland Container Depots (ICD). Hazira port in Gujarat was forced to close gates for imports and exports due to the port being completely congested.
The container freight stations around JNPT Port in Mumbai has seen the evacuation of only about 61,000 Import TEUs with approximately another 77,000 TEUs still lying uncleared as of date....
UK Chamber of Shipping urges UK to adopt crew changes - Ship Technology
The UK Chamber of Shipping has requested the Government of the UK to adopt new measures so that crew changes in a ship can take place.
The UK Government will be the first country to adopt such measures.
The UK Chamber of Shipping has also asked the government to exclude seafarers and offshore workers from the quarantine restrictions for air travel, which may be implemented.
The International Chamber of Shipping developed a 12-step roadmap for crew changes along with input from various global associations. The International Maritime Organisation issued the guidelines.
The guidelines aim to free the seafarers who are stuck due to the Covid-19 lockdown and permit them to leave or join ships.... Ship Technology
Anchor awareness - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
The key to ensuring that a vessel is safely anchored, and remains safely anchored, is the leadership and judgement shown by the Master. A significant factor in most anchoring incidents remains the failure of Masters to appreciate at an early stage that a dangerous situation is developing and to take early and decisive action.
Risks and limitations of a ship’s anchoring equipment
Most of the P&I claims received by Gard related to anchoring equipment are due to the loss of anchors at designated anchorages where the authorities require the lost items to be found and removed, thereby resulting in a “wreck removal” case. Anchor losses can be due to technical or equipment failures, such as heavily worn brake band linings; corrosion of chain links; spile pins of D-shackles falling out due to not being correctly secured; problems with chain stoppers and tensioning devices, etc.
The more serious and very costly cases occur when a ship drags its anchor in strong currents or bad weather, and where this leads to collisions with other nearby anchored ships, groundings and loss of the ship, pollution or damage to cables and pipelines on the seabed.... Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
Three Indonesian Ship Crew Abducted off Gabon Waters - Jakarta Globe
Three Indonesian crew workers were abducted by pirates raiding two Senegalese-flagged fishing vessels in Libreville, off Gabon waters, on Sunday.
The pirates also reportedly kidnapped two Senegalese and a South Korean, as the Foreign Affairs Ministry is looking into the matter and reaching Gabon Government to confirm.
“Our embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, is communicating with Gabon Government. We have not received official information regarding the situation,” Judha Nugraha, director for citizens protection at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said on Wednesday.
Judha said the pirates attacked two Senegalese-flagged fishing vessels.
The abduction is the second piracy in Gabon waters this year, as reported by the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).... Jakarta Globe
Foreship Unveils Anti-Coronavirus Plan For Cruise - MarineLink
A Finnish naval architecture and marine engineering firm said it has devised an initiative to limit the presence and spread of coronavirus and other pathogens on passenger ships and get the cruise sector back up and running.
Foreship Business Development Director Mattias Jörgensen says that there is no “silver-bullet” solution for fighting viruses in the cruise industry. “However, by combining our own expertise with the knowledge of medical professionals and that of our extensive partner network, we have formulated a strategy that tackles the crisis on four fronts.”... MarineLink
Coronavirus: tackling marine oil pollution with satellite technology - Ship Technology
Marine oil pollution is one of the most devastating forms of environmental contamination in the world. While shipping traffic may be down worldwide as a result of coronavirus lockdowns, a reduction in physical surveillance across global seas could result in a heightened opportunity for potential offenders and their illicit discharges.
Yet, at a time in which mobility is largely limited and patrolling is mainly related to coronavirus, satellite monitoring allows ships to be tracked from a remote location, eliminating the need for human intervention.
Coast guards, Interpol and stakeholders involved in tackling marine oil pollution were using satellites long before the pandemic, but with other monitoring activities on hold, their role could soon change.... Ship Technology
IMO Endorses Shipping Industry s 12-step Plan for Crew Changes - MarineLink
The need for ships to change crews and for the world s 1.2 million seafarers to be able to fly home at the end of their periods of service have emerged as two of the biggest challenges facing the shipping industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help governments put in place coordinated procedures to facilitate the safe movement of seafarers, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a 12-step plan to 174 member states, providing them with a roadmap to free seafarers from their COVID-19 lockdown and allow appropriate exemptions for them to join or leave ships.
The 55-page roadmap has been advanced by a broad coalition of seafarer unions and international shipping industry associations, with input from airline industry representatives, international organizations and the insurance sector, to provide a comprehensive blueprint of how governments can facilitate crew changeovers and resolve safety concerns throughout the entire process.... MarineLink
Mission to Seafarers launches Global Champions UNITE campaign - Digital Ship
As a significant percentage of seafarers’ welfare facilities are unable to open, The Mission to Seafarers is using digital serviced to provide emotional and counselling support to seafarers during this time.
Secretary general, Andrew Wright, said: “Seafarers are struggling in many ways …Many are unable now to finish their contracts on time because they are not allowed into their transit ports. They are having to work on. Some have asked to be released early so they can be with their families – but this is usually not possible now. Some have made it out of the port but have ended up stuck because they cannot get flights home as the airline system collapses. Many are not being allowed off ships, and there is a danger of stigmatisation – as potential disease carriers. Mental health issues will be very real.
“We need to tell their stories. These men and women are doing truly heroic stuff in keeping our supplies going against a very difficult background. Without them we truly will be stuffed.”
Funds raised through the virtual challenge campaign will contribute towards the Mission’s new digital chaplaincy welfare service that works to support seafarers....
Cabin fever for real: seafarers tell of months stuck on ships - theloadstar.com
Seafarers across the world are stuck on their ships, spending months without shore leave as ports ban crew transfers.
While most are being paid and some are getting extra pay, they are doing their jobs without the expected breaks, often 12 hours a day and seven days a week.
Since March, many ports are refusing to allow crew changes or shore leave, meaning for some that a three-month contract becomes almost twice as long.
Most crew members say they ve had contracts extended in the past, when illness or bad weather delays their relief crew. But mariners with long memories say a situation like this, with no end in sight, is unprecedented.
"We are all stuck out here and we don t know what to do," says an officer on a tanker vessel.
"Everybody s waiting as to what your home country will do. Only when the home country is ready to accept their own citizens, we can go home."...