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Indian Govt to draw up standard operating procedures for crew changes at Indian ports - BusinessLine
The shipping industry has been lobbying the government to allow crew changes (sign on and sign off) at Indian ports and after much persuasion, the authorities are close to permitting crew to join and disembark ships.
“The director general of shipping has assured us that he will speak to the chairmen of port trusts to issue e-passes to help seafarers undertake seamless inter-state travel by road to join and disembark ships at Indian ports”, an industry official said.
SOPs for repatriating seafarers stranded abroad also being finalised
The DG Shipping had also asked ports and shipping companies to give details of seafarers who are already at Indian ports and awaiting disembarkation from their ships by Monday morning.
Indian Seafarers: Goa State looks for paid quarantine facilities - Oherald
In a first positive response on the seafarers’ issue, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Monday said the State government has started arranging for 8,000 ‘paid quarantine’ facilities for the seafarers.
Following demands from citizens and families of seafarers, the State government has approached the PMO and the Ministry of External Affairs for repatriation of Goan seafarers, who are 8,000 in numbers and are stranded in different parts of the world.
Addressing the media, Sawant said the State cannot decide on the seafarers’ issue but is still actively taking it up with the Centre. “Our nodal officer for seafarer’s issue, Director of NRI Commission, is in constant communication with the Centre on the issue and hopefully something will happen soon,” he said....
Concerned Seafarers Call for Greater Access to PPE - The Maritime Executive
The U.K.-based charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) says it has been contacted by an increasing number of seafarers calling for more personal protective equipment (PPE) to be made more available, not just for themselves, but for those maritime workers who come onboard their vessels including surveyors, agents, pilots and stevedores.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) issued its “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers” on March 3, 2020 in line with current UN agency guidance, though this currently advises that: “Although face masks may provide some protection – especially if there is a risk of exposure when interacting with persons from outside the ship – the routine use of face masks is not generally recommended as protection against COVID-19. WHO advises that it is appropriate to use a mask when coughing or sneezing. If an individual is healthy, it is only necessary to wear a mask if the person is taking care of a person with the suspected COVID-19 infection.”...
Tanker ran aground, crew evacuated, East China sea - Maritime Bulletin
Product tanker NINGDA10 ran aground in vicinity 29 50N 122 20E, some 11 nm SE of Zhoushan, China, East China sea, in the afternoon Apr 11, while en route to Ningbo. SAR ship DONG HAI JIU 118 was sent to rescue 7 tanker crew, all were rescued by 1900 Beijing time, all are safe. Condition and damages of tanker unknown, understood she grounded on rocks, developed an aft tilt, so most probably, she’s damaged.
Product tanker NINGDA10, MMSI 412750390, dwt 417, flag China.
Tanker crew fell overboard while fixing pilot ladder, missing, France - Maritime Bulletin
55-year old Latvian seaman, crew of Latvian tanker ELANDRA BALTIC, fell overboard in the morning Apr 13 while fixing pilot ladder to take pilot on board, on arrival at Fos-sur-mer, France. SAR was launched, with deployment of helicopter, SAR speedboat, pilot boats and inflatable boat, but unfortunately, missing seaman wasn’t found notwithstanding calm weather, and in the afternoon SAR was suspended. Tanker was anchored at Fos-sur-mer anchorage at around 1000 UTC.
Product tanker ELANDRA BALTIC (ex – ZEMGALE), IMO 9482562, dwt 51406, built 2011, flag Marshall Islands, manager Latvian Shipping Co., JSC, Latvia.
India: Gujarat fishermen expresses gratitude towards Centre for exempting marine industry from Corona lockdown - All India Radio
Gujarat fishermen have expressed their gratitude towards the Government of India for exempting the marine industry from Corona lockdown. Jakhau Port FIshermen & Boat Association President Abdulasha Pirzada said fishing boats have sailed off in the gulf of kutch laden with ice and fuel stock and of course with a hope for a good catch of seafood.
He said fishermen are strictly advised to maintain social distancing even in boats at high sea and restrict their contact with fellow fishermen and their boats.