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MSC Calls For Urgent Solution For Seafarers Stranded On MV Anastasia
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is calling for an urgent crew change solution for the bulk carrier "ANASTASIA", which is stuck off the coast of northern China, and is among dozens of ships in a waiting line near the port of Caofeidian.
MSC has repeatedly requested during the ships voyage that the seafarers onboard should be relieved to return home to their families.
Container exports at Mangaluru Port up
While the pandemic impacted ports resulting in a decrease in cargo traffic, New Mangaluru Port Trust (NMPT) bucked the trend, registering a 6.2% growth in the container export segment between April and November, compared to the same period last year.
Provisional NMPT traffic data related to containers from April 1 to November 30 shows 4,87,059 metric tonnes was loaded this year as against 4,58,469 metric tonnes during the same period last year.
India: Shipping Ministry identifies new routes for Ro-Ro, Ro-Pax, Ferry services.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) on Monday said that it has identified domestic locations and six international routes, connecting four international destinations from Indian major coastal port towns for the commencement of ferry services through inland waterways.
Port of Los Angeles Plans Cyber Intelligence Facility as Maritime Threats Grow
The Port of Los Angeles is building a multimillion-dollar facility designed to share intelligence on cyber threats between the public and private sectors amid increasing attacks on the maritime and logistics industries.
The Cyber Resilience Center will serve as a central hub for the port, shipping lines, and suppliers such as railroad operators and telecommunications firms to share information.
IMO Secretary-General denounces "no crew change" clauses
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has spoken out against "no crew change" clauses in charterparties, pointing out that such clauses exacerbate the dire situation of stranded seafarers and undermine the efforts undertaken to resolve the ongoing crew change crisis.
So-called "no crew change" clauses, which are demanded by certain charterers, state that no crew changes can occur whilst the charterers cargo is onboard - hence not allowing the ship to deviate to ports where crew changes could take place.
Safe Bulkers orders post-panamax newbuild bulker at Japanese yard
The vessel, scheduled for delivery within third quarter of 2022, will be designed to meet the latest requirements of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).
Financial details of the newbuilding order deal were not disclosed. Meanwhile, New York-listed Safe Bulkers said it has entered into an agreement for a new term loan facility of up to 60% post-delivery financing of the vessel purchase.
Pope Francis Urges Governments to Repatriate Stranded Seafarers.
Pope Francis has voiced his concern for stranded seafarers affected by the crew change crisis and urged governments to do all they can to repatriate them.
In his weekly Sunday address from the Vatican yesterday (20th December), the Pontiff said, The coronavirus pandemic has caused particular distress to seafarers.
Cargo container manufacturing hub planned at Bhavnagar
India is moving into the business of manufacturing cargo containers, a segment dominated by China, as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has formed a committee to examine the feasibility of making containers at Bhavnagar in Gujarat and developing it into a manufacturing hub for the steel boxes that have become the global standard for shipping a variety of goods across ships, rail and road.
Cargo ship attacked, probably container ship again.
Sources confirm its PORT GDYNIA, said the ship was boarded, awaiting further updates.
Cargo ship was attacked in Gulf of Guinea southwest of Bonny, Nigeria, at around 0400 UTC Dec 21. Ships tracks in the attack area point to container ship PORT GDYNIA (IMO 9334387), as the most likely attack target. If thats the case, the ship in all probability, escaped boarding and continued her voyage.
Crew died in fatal accident during cargo operation, Baltimore
One crew of a general cargo ship PADEREWSKI died from a fatal injury in a tragic accident during heavy lift cargo operation on Dec 20 at Baltimore, according to Blueoceana Company report. He was assisting in pontoon relocation on ship s deck, and had been caught between lifted pontoon and ship s structure. The ship arrived at Baltimore Maryland, on Dec 19, from New Orleans.
Disabled container ship anchored, assisted, on way to safety
Container ship BIENDONG TRADER suffered engine failure in the afternoon Dec 19 off Nha Trang, southern Vietnam, while en route from Vung Tau to Quy Nhon. Understood the ship anchored to stop drift, in stormy seas. Navy tug or auxiliary ship couldnt render assistance until Dec 20, because of foul weather. In the afternoon Dec 20, crew managed to restart engine, BIENDONG TRADER sailed south and understood, anchored of Cam Ranh bay.