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Ship Recycling Industry Should Restart in the Next Few Days
Aray of light could be emanating from the Southeast Asian peninsula over the past week, despite the recent extension of lockdown measures. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas noted that the week has once again ended with lockdown extensions announced across the Indian Sub-continent, with Bangladesh announcing further measures until the 30th of May, India until 31st May and Pakistan until 2nd June.
Seafarers mental health: what s the problem?
It has long impressed me that, in shipping, we are all willing to pull together when the going gets tough. Shipowner and worker representatives might have huge disagreements over pay, flagging and working rosters, but both sides know that, in a crisis, they depend on each other. And they have been few crises like the present coronavirus pandemic.
So when its potential impact began to become clear, the International Chamber of Shipping set up a coronavirus welfare group, bringing together employer and management organisations with seafarer unions and welfare groups.
Coronavirus outbreak on live export ship in Fremantle doubles in size as more crew test positive.
There have been six new cases of COVID-19 confirmed among crew members of the Al Kuwait livestock carrier currently under quarantine in Fremantle Port.
The news comes just days after an initial six crew members tested positive following the ship s arrival in WA last week.
Three of the most recent group of Al Kuwait crew members who tested positive were still onboard and were set to be transferred to quarantine in a Perth hotel.
ICS updates health guidance as seafarers denied care during pandemic.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has raised the alarm on an increasing number of seriously ill seafarers being denied medical evacuation or access to ports during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Guy Platten, secretary-general of ICS, said: "We’re receiving alarming reports of seafarers who are suffering from serious medical injury such as a stroke, be denied medical evacuation for over four days. This is simply not acceptable."
India : Expired certificates deny Indian seafarers job prospects
Indian seafarers awaiting their next assignment on ships when crew change resume fully will face another hurdle to their job prospects - expired certificates - as maritime training institutes that facilitate certificate renewals are shut till further notice, in the wake of the pandemic.
Following calls to fix the issue, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) has sought to resolve the matter, but seafarers say it will not meet the requirements.
Shipping industry goes digital in lockdown
Ports operator DP World will join shipping company Maersk and other peers in a blockchain platform aimed at limiting the sector's costly paper trail.
"The situation around the coronavirus is a very good catalyst for making sure everyone in the supply chain can communicate with each other digitally," Mike Bhaskaran, DP World's chief operating officer for logistics and technology, told Reuters.
Ro-ro cargo ship stuck under the bridge, Volga river, Russia
Ro-ro cargo ship KOMPOZITOR RAKHMANINOV ran onto left bank of river Volga under Starir (Old) Bridge, Astrakhan, at around 2000 Moscow time May 27, while proceeding downstream, in ballast. As of 0700 Moscow time May 28, the ship was still aground, with two tugs deployed in refloating. Traffic not affected, no news on damages.
India : After first-hand experience of Covid-19 on board, sailors relieved to return home.
After being stranded on board a cruiseliner in Italy for close to 80 days and watching their colleagues get infected with and recover from Covid-19, seafarers are relieved to be on their way back home to Goa. Around 400 seafarers were sent to Goa in three flights from Italy that were chartered by their company last week. More are on their way. "I didn t believe I was going home until I got my ticket in hand. I had almost given up hope," one of them told TOI.
27 crew members of Sabuk Nusantara ship quarantined over COVID-19.
Twenty-seven crew members of the Sabuk Nusantara ship have been quarantined after two of their colleagues tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.
The two crew members who tested positive for COVID-19, based on the results of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, are being treated at the Raja Ahmad Thabib Hospital in Riau Islands Province, head of the Tanjungpinang Health Office, Rustam, said on Thursday.
Another cruise crew member in coronavirus limbo dies of apparent suicide.
A cruise ship crew member died last week of self-inflicted harm, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday as it confirmed the latest in a series of apparent suicides among such workers trapped at sea because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A 32-year-old Filipino worker on a ship called Scarlet Lady, the only cruise ship owned by Virgin Voyages, died of "apparent self-harm," the Coast Guard said.