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Hempel launches underwater hull inspections using ROVs
Coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched an underwater Hull Inspection service using Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs).
initially available at key ports in China and Korea, the new service will be rolled out across key maritime hubs worldwide in the near future, says the company. Under the new inspection service an ROV controlled by a specialised coatings advisor will navigate around the vessel's hull using remote-controlled thrusters, capturing high-resolution video footage and still imagery of the hull for real-time assessment.
First Large Cruise Ship Resumes Service in Greece
Greece is welcoming back its first large cruise ship this week. During the summer the tourism minister had promised to reopen the country's largest cruise ports but clusters of the virus and travel restrictions had delayed the resumption of the large cruise ships.
Starting this week, Germany's TUI Cruises became the first large cruise company to base a ship in Greece for week-long cruises. The company's vessel the Mein Schiff 6 arrived in Heraklion on Crete on September 11 and sailed two days later on its week-long cruise.
Philippines: POEA vows assistance for seafarers affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has vowed to assist seafarers stranded ashore or in the Philippines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In Resolution No. 13, Series of 2020, the POEA Governing Board assured protection and benefits for seafarers during the national state of calamity due to COVID-19.
Worlds largest LNG bunkering vessel arrives in Rotterdam.
Friday 18 September - saw the LNG bunkering vessel Gas Agility arrive at Holland Amerikakade near Cruiseport Rotterdam. It has moored there for its christening ceremony. Gas Agility is 135.5 metres long and, according to owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), the world s largest LNG bunkering vessel .
The ship was built at the shipyard of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding near Shanghai and is operated by the French company Total. It will mainly be active in Northern Europe. For the next decade at least, Gas Agility will be supplying LNG (liquefied natural gas) to sea-going vessels, including CMA CGM s nine new Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs).
Chinese cargo ship sank after collision with fishing vessel, East China sea
Cargo ship SHENG HANG 189 collided with fishing vessel ZHEXIANGYUYUN03123 at 1050 Beijing time Sep 21 south of Shanghai, while en route from Nantong (shanghai area) to Fuzhou, northern Taiwan Strait. SHENG HANG 189 sank, 6 crew were rescued by a nearby vessel, directed to SAR by Ningbo Maritime Authority, and later transferred to port, all are safe.
Cargo ship grounding, Vietnam.
Coastal cargo ship VIET TRUNG 69 was pushed aground by storm at Cua Dai bay coast, Gulf of Tonking, south of Haiphong, on Sep 20, while ballasting from Quang Ninh in southern direction. The ship was refloated in the morning Sep 21, and, understood, anchored in Cua Dai bay. Ship s AIS missing during last 3 weeks.
Cargo vessel VIET TRUNG 69, MMSI 574013642, dwt 2500, flag Vietnam.
JRC/Alphatron Marine to Launch Online Training Courses.
On September 30, JRC/Alphatron Marine will roll out its online learning management system, allowing distributors to follow training courses from anywhere in the world. Instead of traveling to a JRC/Alphatron Marine Center of Excellence or other training locations, users can now log in via the Global Training Academy (GTA)-portal on your mobile, tablet, or computer to ensure skills are up-to-date.
JRC/Alphatron Marine said the starting point in the development of the Online Training Module was to ensure that the quality of the new online courses matches the quality of the current classroom trainings, which are given by trainers with years of experience in training and service in the maritime field.
Alan Kurdi rescues 133 migrants over the weekend.
On Sunday, the crew from the private rescue organization Sea-Eye announced they had taken on board 133 migrants from three different boats off the Libyan coast. Two of the rescues took place on Saturday and a further one happened on Sunday.
"In the space of 12 hours, the captain and crew on board the Alan Kurdi has rescued 133 people from three different boats," read a press statement on Sunday from the private rescue organization Sea-Eye which operates the Alan Kurdi rescue ship.
ITF Repeats Warning On COVID Corner-Cutting Dangers.
Organizations are again taking the opportunity to renew the focus on the challenges and dangers of delaying crew changes as a result of the pandemic. Today, September 20, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was holding an extraordinary session to discuss safety as part of the UN annual general session before joint sessions on September 24 on safety as part of World Maritime Day.
In advance of these discussions, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) issued its own report with a stark warning of the dangers if temporary short cuts adopted in the industry during the Covid-19 pandemic continue or become permanent, and the impact from the failures to address the challenges of crew change.
Singapore: MPA resumes safe crew changes on accommodation vessel.
In June, the accommodation vessel POSH Bawean was designated as a safe crew change vessel by the MPA. POSH configured the accommodation vessel for deployment at the Eastern Working Anchorage. The vessel is used to house transit seafarers prior to their flights out of Singapore or sign-on for the next assignment for up to 48 hours. POSH Bawean has 52 cabins over four floors, with capacity to provide up to 178 guest beds.
This accommodation vessel enables seafarers to be repatriated safely given that many have spent extended periods out at sea due to Covid-19.
Cruise companies to require COVID testing for all passengers and crew prior to U.S. departures.
Planning to cruise in the future? Companies say they will mandate COVID tests for all passengers and crew prior to boarding once U.S. departures resume.
The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), a lobbying group that represents major cruise companies, said its members will adopt other health protocols such as mandatory mask wearing onboard and during certain excursions as well as increased social-distancing in terminals and aboard the ships.