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Nigeria : Maritime union teams up with international body against COVID-19.
Nigerian maritime workers, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the nation's ports, is collaborating with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to support the sector with protective devices across the federation.
President-general of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Adewale Adeyanju, said the union, with the aid of the international body is launching a sensitisation programme and distribution of palliatives as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), including hand sanitisers, gloves, face masks and infrared thermometers, to seafarers in all ports across the country.
Bulk carrier scrap cargo fire, Rotterdam UPDATE
Fire was extinguished in the morning Jul 5, firefighters left the ship at around 0300 UTC, extent of damages yet unknown.
Fire erupted in cargo hold of bulk carrier DIMITRIS S, moored at mooring buoys at Waakhaven, Rotterdam, in the afternoon Jul 4. One crew hospitalized after smoke inhalation. Bulk carrier arrived from Dordrecht, cargo of scrap understood to self ignite.
One more merchant ship fell victim to migrants trafficking
One more cargo ship fell victim to migrants trafficking schemes - on Jul 3 livestock carrier TALIA, while en route from Libya to Spain, was ordered by either MRCC Malta or Malta Naval Forces, to pick up "distressed" migrants, south of Lampedusa, Italy. According to crew, they ve been promised a quick relief, all illegal migrants were to be taken on board of Malta Naval patrol boat. It didn t happen. Italy rejected entry in its waters, Malta doesn t want them, either. The ship arrived at Malta outer anchorage early on Jul 5, and remains anchored, awaiting the decision of EU and coastal States.
Covid-19 : Cruise ship staff still adrift after 110 days and counting.
Thousands of cruise ship workers, including some Australians, are still trapped on ships unable to dock because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Many are no longer being paid, and the mental health of people still stuck at sea during the pandemic is reportedly declining as some cruise staff clock up more than 110 days afloat.
At least two cruise ship workers have died in apparent suicides since the industry shut down cruising on March 13.
The No Sail Order was extended on April 15 and hundreds of thousands of seafarers are also stuck on board cargo ships.
Philippines : Nearly 70K overseas Filipinos back home, says Department of Foreign Affairs.
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)facilitated the return of almost 10,000 overseas Filipinos (OFs) last week, bringing the total number of repatriated OFs to 68,440 since it began bringing home Covid-19-displaced migrant workers in February 2020.
Of the total number, 51.23 percent (35,059 OFs) are sea-based and 48.77 percent (33,381 OFs) are land-based, with the most recent repatriates arriving from Barbados, the Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the United States on Friday.
Seafarer suicide statistics spotlighted as coronavirus curtails crew changes.
Recent reports of seafarers stranded on cruise ships taking their own lives have highlighted the dearth of reliable information about suicides at sea.
Maritime welfare charities - many funded by Seafarers UK - continually strive to improve the mental health of seafarers on merchant vessels, by providing helpful sources of information and advice and in some cases pastoral support and someone to talk through their problems.
But with most crew changes prevented due to coronavirus restrictions, thousands of seafarers are being compelled to work beyond their contract end dates and denied access ashore at ports on trade routes worldwide.