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Crew Changes and Abandonment top Busy IMO Legal Committee Agenda
At this week's meeting, the Legal Committee reiterated concerns about the abandonment of seafarers. This remains a very serious issue, despite the 2017 amendments to the International Labour Organization's Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 relating to crew claims and abandonment. The Committee urged member states to take all necessary action to reduce the number of abandonment cases, in particular those exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
21 Indonesian seafarers stranded in Peru return home.
Twenty-one Indonesian seafarers stranded in Peru for three months were repatriated over the weekend, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima has announced, amid difficulties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic that have put many livelihoods at stake. Indonesian Ambassador to Peru Marina Estella Anwar Bey said in a statement that the men had arrived in Jakarta on Saturday on connecting flights via Brazil and Qatar.
Labor Group Seeks Help for Thousands of Seafarers Stranded by COVID
Hundreds of thousands of seafarers around the world are stranded at sea due to coronavirus travel restrictions, unable to go home or get medical care, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday, calling on nations to address their plight.
Many shipping and transport workers have been at sea as long as 17 months or longer, as COVID-19-related restrictions make it almost impossible to rotate crews, the United Nations’ labor agency said.
Bulker Rescues Sailors Caught in Rough Seas.
A bulk carrier rescued two people from a sailboat disabled by rough weather approximately 345 miles east of Hatteras Inlet, N.C., Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guards 5th District Command Center received notification from the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center at approximately 9:30 a.m. that a GPS alert had been received from a vessel in distress.
Seafaring groups push Canada on crew repatriations as ship detained in Halifax
A container ship was detained in Halifax by federal officials this past weekend after workers complained they hadnt been able to leave the vessel in 13 months - one of many examples of seafarers being kept on ships well past the end of their contracts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes as a number of maritime labour groups and unions sent a letter to Transport Canada on Monday, calling on the government to set a firm date for enforcing repatriation rules that require shipping companies to allow workers to return home to see their families.
Coronavirus Slows Bangladesh s Shipbreaking Safety Reforms
The coronavirus pandemic has slowed efforts to make safer the often hazardous job of dismantling old ships in Bangladesh, officials said, following the latest worker fatality.
COVID-19 temporarily shuttered ship-breaking yards in Bangladesh, one of the worlds main destinations for end-of-life vessels, delaying safety reforms ahead of a 2023 deadline.
Singapore cruise-to-nowhere turns back after COVID-19 case aboard.
A passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise-to-nowhere from Singapore has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing around 2,000 guests to be quarantined in their cabins and the Quantum of the Seas ship to return to dock on Wednesday.
Singapore has been piloting the trips, which are open only to residents, make no stops and sail in waters just off the city-state.
Aframax tanker disabled by fire in engine room, crew partially evacuated
Fire eriputed in engine room of Aframax crude oil tanker MARQUESSA in the morning Dec 8 some 17 nm east of Orchid island, southern Taiwan. Tanker reported fire and sent distress call at 1030 LT (UTC +8), shes obviously, disabled and adrift. 8 non-essential crew out of total 24 are said to be evacuated, remaining 16 crew reportedly, took fire under control, and are waiting for tug.