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Small tanker sank off Singapore in Malaysian waters UPDATE
Product tanker WAN DA reportedly capsized and sank on Apr 15 some 3 nm off Tanjung Penyusop, Johor, Malaysia, South China sea. All crew were rescued, all are safe. No other information available at the moment. Last AIS records dated Feb – early Mar.
UPDATE: Capsized tanker drifted into shipping lanes and then further south, nearing Indonesian waters. The wreck understood to be taken on tow by Indonesian patrol ships, to be towed to Riau islands waters, Indonesia. Confusing news on crew – according to Indonesian sources, no crew were found on or near wreck. Details of capsizing also, remain unknown.
India: Temple, church rooms to be tapped as paid quarantine for Goa seafarers - Daijiworld.com
Apart from hotels and resorts, the Goa government is also in the process of identifying premises owned by temples and churches in the state, to make paid quarantine facilities for more than 8,000 stranded seafarers, who are expected to be repatriated soon.
"Collectors have been directed to start the inspection of the hotels, which were earlier identified by the tourism department and to identify availability of similar rooms with religious organisations such as churches and temples to assess their number and suitability to be used as paid quarantine facilities for the seafarers," a government spokesperson said on Saturday, after a meeting of the State Executive Committee which is overseeing COVID-19 relief operations in Goa.
Goa government s Secretary in-charge of Education has also been directed to prepare a list of suitable hostel facilities attached to educational institutions for quarantining of seafarers, once they arrive in Goa.
The Goa government is currently in the process collecting data related to Goan seafarers, who are currently stranded in different ports-of-call across the world, even as the Central government is in the process of finalising a standard operating procedure for repatriation of seafarers from across the country.
"The Committee also decided to work out a mechanism for pooling of (stranded) tourists in some limited hotels, as there are tourists spread across Goa in different hotels in small numbers to ease operations for the hotels," the spokesperson said.
Seafarers struggling to get home amid closed borders, says Liverpool charity - Liverpool Business News
Liverpool Seafarers Centre, which offers support to seafarers from across the globe, has written to the UK maritime minister calling for clearer guidance on seafarer repatriation. Tony McDonough reportsMultiple border shutdowns across the world due to coronavirus is making it difficult for seafarers to get home, a Liverpool-based ecumenical charities warning.
Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC), which offers support to seafarers from across the globe who arrive in Liverpool on commercial vessels, has written to the UK maritime minister Kelly Tolhurst calling for clearer rules and guidance on seafarer repatriation....
India: COVID-19: Shipping Min seeks govt intervention for recognition of electronic trade documents - Business Insider India
To ensure smooth cargo operations at India s ports amid the coronavirus pandemic, the
shipping ministry has sought the commerce ministry s intervention for issuing advisory for
recognition of electronic trading documents instead of "manual trade documentation" still
required by many departments and financial institutions.
Citing bottlenecks caused in handling EXIM cargo on account of the current manual process,
it sought the commerce ministry s intervention for issuing advisory to departments, including
customs, and the Indian Banks Association for accepting electronically generated trade
India: The potential for Indian inland waterway and coastal transport development - Seatrade Maritime News
With the Indian government realising the value of the country’s inland waterways to its domestic transport system cargo and passenger traffic is expected to increase substantially.
The Indian peninsula has a vast coastline of 5,423 km and an additional 2,094 km around the 1,256 islands in the Andaman and Lakshadweep group of islands. With 200 miles of Exclusive Economic Zone the country has gained a territory of around 100,000 sq km of water surface for economic exploitation. A number of rivers pour into these seas around peninsular India. It has been estimated that around 14,500 km length of rivers are navigable throughout the year....
Container ship attacked at Cotonou Anchorage UPDATE - Maritime Bulletin
According to Dryad Global information, it is understood, that the speedboat from which pirates boarded container ship, fled seeing approaching Naval ship, leaving pirates aboard. 11 crew mustered in citadel, 8 crew remained in the open and are believed to be kept by pirates as hostages. There are Russian and Bulgarian nationalities among crew.
Container ship TOMMI RITSCHER attacked by pirates at around 0830 UTC Apr 19 at Cotonou Anchorage, Benin, Gulf of Guinea, details, outcome yet unknown. Benin-flagged Naval or security ship ZOU (MMSI 610000004) responded. As of 1000 UTC TOMMI RITSCHER remained in the same position, AIS was on, with ZOU nearby. TOMMI RITSCHER arrived at Cotonou Anchorage on Apr 15 from Congo-Brazzaville.
Container ship TOMMI RITSCHER, IMO 9656137, dwt 57500, capacity 4957 TEU, built 2014, flag Portugal, manager TRANSESTE SCHIFFAHRT GMBH (AIS, EQUASIS).
More than 100 Australians among cruise ship crew stranded off Florida coast by US coronavirus restrictions - SBS News
Australia s ambassador to the US has written a letter to 107 stranded Australians after the US Centers for Disease Control prohibited cruise ship crew from travelling on commercial flights in the country.