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India : Shipping companies plan extra charters to bring 20,000 seafarers home
Over 20,000 Indian seafarers are set to return home or join duties as shipping companies and maritime bodies plan additional charter flights.
"Between May and July 1 we have facilitated 40 charter flights enabling travel of around 8,000 seafarers. We have received applications for another 10-15 charter flights," said Captain Daniel J Joseph, Deputy Director General of Shipping.
Typically around 20,000 seafarers join merchant vessels or return to India each month as a part of their work contracts. But due to Covid-19 related lockdowns and travel restrictions the crew change process got delayed.
India : GSAI warns of damage to industry if seafarers repatriation delayed
The Goa Seamen Association of India (GSAI) in solidarity and support to employers and seafarers trade unions demanded the repatriation of the crew working beyond their stipulated contracts and also those who are stranded.
GSAI reminded the government that June 16 was the deadline given to resolve the crew change issue for more than 2,00,000 seafarers worldwide due to the strict travel restrictions put in place by governments. GSAI has warned that the deadline could negatively impact the commercial viability of the industry, which can in turn disrupt the world economy.
Thai freighter fire in Ho Chi Minh port
Fire erupted on board of Thai general cargo ship BANGPAKAEW in cargo holds area, at around 1530 LT (UTC +7) Jun 16, when the ship was under way, moving from Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City port. Unattended to fumigation tubes are thought to be the source of the fire, while cargo of cattle feed was under fumigation. Fire was extinguished by 1830 LT by joint efforts of crew and port authorities. No injures reported, extent of cargo damages unknown, but rumored to be small.
Barbados : Over 100 ship crew tested for COVID-19.
Of the 228 tests conducted yesterday, 160 tests were crew members from ships anchored off Barbados.
The batch of 160 tests was done at the request of cruise lines.
All the tests were negative for COVID-19.
No one will be released from isolation today either, so seven people remain at the Harrison Point facility in St Lucy. To date, 97 people have been diagnosed with the viral illness locally, 83 have recovered, and seven have died.
The tally of tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory now stands at 6,960.
Indian cruise ship crew stage second protest in three day.
Last Wednesday, 650 Indian cruise ship workers on Marella Cruises Explorer staged a demonstration on the upper deck of the ship ported off the coast of the UK, protesting conditions in which they have been held captive for over three months without a clear plan by their employer or their government for repatriation.
Since the cruise industry closed its doors to incoming customers on March 13 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, there have been thousands of ship workers who face similar conditions. The Miami H erald reported Sunday that "at least 42,000 workers remain trapped on cruise ships without paychecks, and some still are suffering from COVID-19, three months after the industry shut down."
Fire breaks out on one of Japan s biggest cruise ships, no injuries - Kyodo News Plus
Fire broke out Tuesday on the Asuka II, one of Japan s biggest cruise ships, while it was docked at the port of Yokohama near Tokyo, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, based in Yokohama, said it received a report by radio from a crew member around 1 p.m. that the ship s crew were trying to extinguish the fire. No passengers were on board at the time, and there were no injuries, it said.
Ships look to replace exhausted seafarers stranded due to Covid as ports slowly open.
Ravi Nagar hasn t seen his wife and 3-year-old son in eight months. That’s because he was stuck on a tanker shuttling between the Middle East and Asia.
Nagar was among the roughly 200,000 seafarers stranded on ships because of tight port restrictions and canceled flights due to Covid-19. But the 40-year-old captain is lucky. On Friday, he disembarked from The Chief in Singapore and headed directly to the airport, wrapped head-to-toe in protective gear.
USA : CDC Updates Guidance for Crew with Color-Coded Ship Status
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Djibouti Offers Crew Change Support.
Djibouti announced at the United Nations Monday its readiness to facilitate crew change operations for any ships passing through the Bab el Mandeb strait, with the necessary support provided by the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA).
The East African country is responding to a joint statement from the UN s International Maritime Organization (IMO) and UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to support crew changes and ensure that maritime personnel can return home safely when the time comes to do so.