|.: 23-Nov-2020 :.
Nigerian Merchant Navy wants FG support to combat maritime insecurity.
An organisation called Nigerian Merchant Navy , weekend appealed to the Federal Government on support to combat maritime insecurity across the country.
The appeal was made by the chief of the Nigerian Merchant Navy, Commodore Ichukwu Agaba, at a press conference, saying the force needs patrol vans, rifles, speed boats, salaries, and other operational equipment.
Maritime Legislation To Cut Ship Emissions.
Draft amendments to the MARPOL convention would require ships to combine a technical and an operational approach to reduce their carbon intensity.
Draft new mandatory regulations to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).
Offshore supply tug sank in Campos Basin, crew rescued, Brazil
Offshore supply tug CARMEN developed list, capsized and sank in the early hours Nov 20 near Petrobras P-48 Platform, Campos Basin, Brazil, while carrying out routine works. 18 crew were rescued by other offshore ships nearby, all are safe. CARMEN sank at 250-meter depth, some 55 nm east of Cabo de Sao Tome, NE of Rio de Janeiro.
India becomes 4th nation to get IMO nod for navigation satellite system.
India has become the fourth country in the world to have its independent regional navigation satellite system recognised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as a part of the World Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS).
The other three countries that have its navigation systems recognised by the IMO are the US, Russia and China.
Two general cargo ships accidents: Norway and Greece.
General cargo shi[ WILSON PARNU suffered engine failure early in the morning Nov 22, and drifted dangerously close to Sotra island coast, west of Bergen, in rough weather conditions. Salvage operation was launched deploying SAR and fishing vessels, but understood, WILSON PARNU managed to prevent further drift by dropping anchor or anchors, and later, restarting engine. The moved away from the coast to safe waters, and proceeded to Bergen, escorted by tug and SAR ships.
More than 400 people stranded after ferry runs aground in Finland
Some 331 passengers and 98 crew members are stranded after the MS Viking Grace, a large passenger ferry, ran aground Saturday afternoon off the coast of Mariehamn, in the Finnish archipelago of the Aland Islands, according to the Finnish Coast Guard.
No initial injuries were reported in the incident as the Viking Line ferry was sailing between Stockholm, Sweden, and Turku, Finland, with a brief stopover planned in Mariehamn.
Aframax tanker adrift in Indian ocean UPDATE Nov 22 still mystery.
Tanker was towed off Nicobar islands further tp Bay of Bengal by Indian Coast Guard ship. According to Indian CG, operator of tanker didn’t provide tug for emergency towage and avoids contacts. Understood the crew are on board, though at one moment tanker was reported as abandoned, so its not yet clear whether crew or part of crew are on board, or were evacuated. Tanker is in ballast.
US CDC upgrades cruise ship COVID-19 infection risk to highest level.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upgraded the cruise ship travel risk to a level 4, the federal agencys highest risk level possible for contracting COVID-19.
Amid reports of widespread outbreaks in cruises earlier this year, CDC recommends for travelers to avoid cruise ships, including river cruises, around the world, given the "very high" risk of becoming infected or spreading the novel coronavirus.
India: Govt allows foreign seafarers to sign on at Indian ports.
The government has allowed the foreign crew to embark on ships at India ports following through its July decision to let foreign seafarers sign off at the countrys ports.
The decision to allow sign-on of foreign crew at Indian ports follows representations received from organisations such as the International Maritime Organisation, International Labour Organisation, International Civil Aviation Organisation and International Chamber of Shipping to facilitate crew change at ports and airports to maintain uninterrupted supply chain and to avoid a humanitarian crisis at sea, director general of shipping, Amitabh Kumar said in a circular issued on Saturday.
IMO agrees to study further idea of $5bn R&D fund.
“Just about every government that spoke highlighted the critical importance of R&D, and a large number of governments, probably representing the majority of the world s tonnage, supported the concept of an IMO supervised Fund, financed by industry," commented Simon Bennett, deputy secretary general of the ICS.
"But there are many other States at IMO who we still need to persuade," he added, "and we ll work hard to address their legitimate questions."