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India : 168 seamen sign off at Mumbai, land in Goa
As many as 168 Goan seafarers from the cruise liner Carnival Ecstasy signed off at the Mumbai port on Wednesday afternoon and landed at the Goa International Airport, Dabolim, by a chartered flight the same night. The cruise liner had arrived at the Mumbai port on June 21 but had to remain anchored for three days as two other ships from the same company were in the process of disembarking Indian seafarers. As they had tested negative for Covid-19 at the Mumbai port, all 168 seafarers were instructed to home quarantine upon their arrival in Goa.
Mission to Seafarers continues virtual challenge to raise funds for seafarers.
The Mission to Seafarers is continuing its virtual challenge campaign called Global Champions Unite to support seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a significant percentage of seafarers welfare facilities are still unable to open, the Mission to Seafarers is using digital services to provide emotional and counselling support to seafarers during this time. The campaign, which was first launched in April, is continuing to raise funds to support its new on-line chaplaincy welfare service and further responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
Purse seiner attacked, 6 crew including 5 Koreans, kidnapped, Gulf of Guinea
Vessel was attacked some 80 nm south of Lagos, Gulf of Guinea, at around 1430 UTC Jun 24. According to Dryad intelligence, purse seiner PANOFI FRONTIER was attacked and boarded by armed pirates, 6 crew were kidnapped, including 5 Korean and 1 Ghanaian nationalities. Seiner steamed due south and as if 1800 UTC, continued sailing in the same direction.
Bitumen tanker fire in engine room, China
Fire erupted in a boiler room of a bitumen tanker YU SHUN 88 in the morning Jun 18, in East China sea E of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China. In the afternoon, 14 crew were evacuated by SAR ship DONG HAI JIU 115. Disabled tanker, loaded with bitum, started to drift, being under constant monitoring. Understood fire compressing system was activated, so rescuers were waiting for boiler room and hull to cool down. In the morning Jun 19, tanker was found to be safe for towing, she was towed to anchorage in Wenzhou Bay.
30% of seafarers have completed their employment agreements.
With 25 June marking the annual IMO Day of the Seafarer Intercargo has again highlighted the plight of seafarers stranded on their vessels and says its fortunate there have not been fatal accidents at sea.
Intercargo estimates that 30% of all seafarers on cargo vessels have now completed terms under the Seafarer Employment Agreement (SEA) and at least 5% of all seafarers have been on board for over 12 months in breach of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).
Bulk carrier destroyed railway bridge in Panama Canal.
Bulk carrier BLUEBILL collided with Chagres river railway bridge in Panama Canal at around 1740 UTC Jun 23, judging from track. The ship is understood to be in ballast, transiting Canal from Pacific to Atlantic, en route from South Korea. Bridge is severely damaged, authorities said trains movement will be restored in no less than 16 days. The ship understood to be anchored, traffic not affected. No information on ship’s damages, probably superficial.
Bulk carrier BLUEBILL, IMO 9263306, dwt 37332, built 2004, flag Cyprus, manager NAVARONE SA Greece (EQUASIS).
Cyber attacks on maritime industry quadruple
The British Ports Association and the UK-based risk management firm Astaara have released a new study on the wave of cyberattacks seen by maritime stakeholders over the past four months.
In one high profile attack in May, computer systems at Iran s Shahid Rajaee port facility at Bandar Abbas, creating traffic jams and serious operational disruption. Astaara believes that the attack came in direct response to a failed Iranian cyberattack on an Israeli water facility in April. (Iran has denied any involvement in the earlier incident.) U.S. officials told the Washington Post that Israeli forces orchestrated the retaliatory hack on Shahid Rajaee.
Disney Wonder cruise ship worker dies at sea, will be tested for COVID-19.
A man who worked as a painter aboard the Disney Wonder died Tuesday.
Eddie Burgos Ragodon of the Philippines had visited the ship s medical center in recent days with chills, according to a colleague who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation. The ship is traveling around the Caribbean to repatriate crew members who have been stuck on board since the industry shut down in March.
Disney Cruise Line will test Ragodon for COVID-19, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via email.
A reflection for Day of the Seafarer.
At first sight, the Day of the Seafarer might strike us as a celebration left over from the distant past. It awakens nostalgia. It recalls times when crossing the seas was a long and lonely business that cut off sailors from contact with the land, separated them from family for a year or more, and made every homecoming a source of joy and relief for them. Psalm 107 catches the awe and terror in which the sea and seagoing were held by land-locked mortals:
Those who go down to the sea in ships, plying their trade on the great ocean, have seen the works of Yahweh, his wonders in the deep.
By his word he raised a storm-wind, lashing up towering waves. Up to the sky then down to the depths! Their stomachs were turned to water;
they staggered and reeled like drunkards, and all their skill went under.