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India to operationalise Chabahar of the East Sittwe port next year.
In a development that will increase connectivity & economic development in India’s Northeast and Myanmar, India has an announcement that key Sittwe port in Myanmar's Rakhine state will be operationalized in the first quarter of next year, which is the period between January to March.
India's Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla during virtual Foreign Office Consultations between the 2 countries on Thursday said,"Despite the challenges caused by the COVID pandemic, we are working towards operationalizing the Sittwe Port by the first quarter of next year."
India: SC seeks Centre's response on seafarers plea for income tax concession due to COVID-19.
The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre seeking its response on a plea challenging the government's denial to grant Income Tax relaxation to seafarers, who were forced to stay in the country due to the COVID-19 situation.
A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman issued notice to the Centre and sought its reply on the petition, filed by 'Merchant Navy Officers and Ladies Association', questioning the Central government's decision to refuse to grant Income Tax relaxation to seafarers.
Bulk carrier grounding, Columbia river.
Bulk carrier GENCO AUVERGNE loaded with grain grounded on Columbia river off Skamokawa Vista Park at around 0850 UTC Oct 1 after engine failure, while proceeding downstream en route from Vancouver Washington. The ship was refloated at around 2130 UTC and sailed upstream to Longview, where she berthed at around 0130 UTC Oct 2, understood for inspection.
BIMCO Expresses Concern Over EU ETS Calling for Global Effort on CO2.
The international shipping association BIMCO is the latest member of the maritime community to express concerns over the decision to include the shipping industry in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). BIMCO in written statement said that the move will "inhibit global action on reducing CO2 emissions."
In September, the European Parliament moved to include the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships over 5,000 gross tons in the emissions trading system (ETS) starting in 2022.
Stranded at Sea, Seafarers worst-hit by COVID Scourge.
In an ideal scenario, as many as 100,000 seafarers change ships every month during scheduled port stops, when vessels discharge and pick up freight. The United Nation s International Maritime Organization estimates that around 400,000 seafarers from across the globe are now stranded on ships, continuing to work but unable to be relieved, in a deepening crew change crisis which threatens trade and maritime safety. During a high-level event on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (24 September), Captain Hedi Marzougui, who was in command of a vessel between December 2019 and May 2020, appealed to Governments to act to allow seafarers to come home.
Canadian officials asked to detain ship headed to Halifax to allow workers to go home.
Several crew members on a ship headed for Halifax have been stuck on board for about 14 months, according to an inspector who wants Canadian officials to detain it until the workers are allowed to go home.
The Tropic Hope is expected to arrive in port on Sunday. Karl Risser, who works with the International Transport Workers Federation, will be waiting. He first boarded the ship on Sept. 20 after a complaint from an international seafarer s wife who was worried about her husband s mental and physical well-being.