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Freighter stuck between river banks, Suriname, video
General cargo ship AIM reportedly went out of control while navigating Cottica river, Suriname, South America, on Apr 27, and got stuck between two banks. The ship managed to free itself, with assistance of tug, and continued voyage. Strong current and narrow channel said to be the cause of the mishap. The ship understood to sustain no or superficial damages, while locals claim she destroyed village�s jetty and fishing nets. The ship reached Nieuw Amsterdam, Cottica river mouth, on Apr 28, and anchored, as of Apr 20 she was in the same position.
The impact of coronavirus on vessel traffic and the shipping industry
The shipping industry experienced major disruptions in Q1 of 2020 due to both the Coronavirus and the crude oil price crash. As major parts of the global economy shut down, so have pockets of international trade – yet, not all vessel types have experienced the same disruption.
Not all vessel types need a bailout
Our analysis using Vesseltracker shows that cruise ship activity has collapsed in the wake of reduced tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, with global port calls falling from 900 port calls per week in January to fewer than 100 port calls per week in April, with an overall drop of 35% in total year to date activity compared to 2019.
Other vessel types have fared better than the cruise ship activity but remain at lower levels of activity compared to 2019. We see declines for vehicles roll-on/roll-off (-15%), containers and crude oil (-3%) and bulk (-1%) vessel traffic.
China: how quickly can its vessel activity return to normal?
When will the sector see some relief? We partnered with our sister company, AIR, that pioneered catastrophe modelling since 1987, to shed insight. We project China is past its apex and over four weeks ahead of other countries, so we began to look at how its maritime traffic has recovered using Vesseltracker, the most accurate global shipping database.
The double impact of the coronavirus and the Lunar New Year was felt in Chinese shipping activity. While activity is expected to fall during the holiday, the reduction in container vessel activity was steeper and longer compared to 2019. The full recovery in container vessel activity from the holiday decrease in activity lasted 47 days, compared to 60 days this year.
As the coronavirus spreads globally, global container vessel activity is significantly down from January levels, and the Chinese recovery could provide further guidance on recovery on a global level.
Source: Wood Mackenzie
Philippines: Cardinal Tagle sends video message to Filipino seafarers - Independent Catholic News
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, former Archbishop of Manila, now Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has sent a video message to Filipino seafarers. The video message was organised by Fr Bruno Ciceri, Director of Stella Maris International.
In his message the Cardinal sends Easter greetings and reassures all seafarers his support and prayers for them and their families during these uncertain times.
IMCA Supports Call To Recognise All Seafarers - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is supporting the call to action to recognise the significant efforts being made by seafarers and offshore workers globally during these challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Associations such as the International Chamber of Shipping, its members, shipowners and port operators are encouraging vessel masters to participate in an act of recognition by requesting that all vessels in ports around the world sound their ship’s whistle on 1 May 2020 at 12.00hrs, providing it is safe to do so.
This move is to celebrate and recognise the contributions and sacrifices that all workers, including all maritime workers both on-board and onshore, have been making during the current COVID-19 crisis....
India: Destiny brings home seafarers - Times of India
Ten Indian seafarers, including a Malayali, whose sailing contracts had expired two months ago but were forced to stay onboard after being forbidden to dock at ports by many countries including India due to the lockdown, disembarked at Cochin Port on Wednesday.
It was the first disembarkation by a merchant vessel crew at Cochin Port since the lockdown since the Covid-19 pandemic started.
The sailors from M V Tomini Destiny, a Marshall Island flagged merchant-vessel that arrived from Sri Lanka, were taken to a port quarantine facility for Covid-19 testing and further repatriation to their hometowns in various parts of India....
Who is Responsible for Seafarers Stranded by the Pandemic? - The Maritime Executive
There is a saying that goes that "without seafarers, half the world would starve while the other half would freeze." The shipping industry would grind to a halt without seafarers, and their contribution to their countries is a key factor in economic development. Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are currently stranded on ships and cannot disembark because of lockdown policies. The novel COVID-19 coronavirus has caused many nations to close their borders, leaving the welfare of seafarers in question.
Many seafarers go to sea for many months at a time, but with the change that this pandemic brings, there is a legitimate cause for concern. The emotional, financial, and psychological well-being of seafarers onboard ships that are currently caught between a rock and a hard place is a tremendous ordeal.
This problem has sparked a lot of debate over who bears responsibility for the return or repatriation of seafarers. Should governments cover the cost of repatriation? Should the shipowner? Or should the seafarer be left to be responsible for themselves? International law provides an answer....
Singapore: Maritime industry to get $27 million aid package with more support for Singaporean seafarers - straits times
The Singapore maritime industry will get a further $27 million in aid to tide it over the coronavirus outbreak, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced late Wednesday night (April 29).
The package, meant for shipping companies, Singaporean seafarers and people undergoing maritime training, kicks in on May 1 and is on top of previous relief measures announced under the previous three extraordinary budgets.
It is timely that more support be offered in the midst of increasing disruption to the shipping industry, said MPA s chief executive Quah Ley Hoon....
Ten cruise ships with over 3,000 Pinoy crew still in Manila Bay - GMA News
Ten cruise ships with more than 3,000 Filipino seafarers onboard are currently docked in Manila Bay as part of the government’s effort to repatriate thousands of overseas Filipino workers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to a 24 Oras report by Raffy Tima on Wednesday, upon disembarkation, the Filipinos would be made to undergo their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Commander Armand Balilo, Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson, said the cruise ships are still waiting for clearance from the Bureau of Quarantine for the disembarkation of the crew members....
Carnival Cruise Line undertakes massive crew repatriation by ships - Seatrade Cruise News
Eighteen Carnival Cruise Line ships will rendezvous in the Bahamas over the next several days as the final plans are put in place to sail nine of the ships to repatriate more than 10,000 healthy crew members who remain on board due to restrictions limiting air travel to Asia, Africa, Europe, India and Latin America.
The ships have been at various US homeports provisioning and bunkering for their journeys. Certain crew will join ships using water shuttles off the coast of the Bahamas. Once this is completed, nine ships will sail to their destinations with crew from North American-based ships on board....
IMO 2020: The Marine Insurance Perspective - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
2020 began with one of the most significant changes to the global maritime industry: the enforcement of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s 2020 Sulphur Cap. Vessels operating outside designated emission control areas have to adhere to a drastic reduction of sulphur oxide emissions from 3.5% to 0.5%. The bold but necessary move to reduce sulphur oxide emissions was implemented with the goals of improving air quality and health, and making shipping a more sustainable and environmentally friendly form of transportation.
In the lead-up to 2020, ship owners were presented with the options of installing exhaust gas cleaning systems, also known as scrubbers, on their vessels or switching to compliant fuels such as marine gas oil, ultra-low sulphur fuel oil (ULSFO) or very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO)....