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USA : More than 100 cruise ships in U.S. waters were carrying COVID-19 patients and nearly 3,000 crew and passengers were infected on board, shocking figures from the CDC show
More than 100 cruise ships in US waters suffered COVID-19 outbreaks and almost 3,000 passengers and crew were infected with the virus, new data reveals.
The shock figures were obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by The New York Times, who published a detailed report Saturday as to how the coronavirus has roiled the cruise industry.
Back in March, many cruise ships became COVID-19 hotbeds, with guests coming from all corners of the planet and packing together in close quarters, allowing the virus to spread
Two Filipino seafarers praised for rescuing Korean crew member from strong waves
Two Filipino seafarers were lauded by netizens on social media for saving the lives of their crew members. Their ship was anchored in the middle of the ocean when a Korean second officer accidentally fell into the waters.
The crew members found it hard to rescue him because of the strong waves which prompted their Indonesian guard to jump in and save him.
He too was unsuccessful when the waves brought him farther and needed a lifesaver himself.
That is when Vrose Santillan and Archiebald Espinar Canaria decided they should do something as the situation was getting worse. The two jumped into the waters and everybody got out of there safely.
Italian ferry fire, Marseilles
Fire erupted on board of passenger ro-ro ferry FANTASTIC at Marseilles, France, at around 0030 LT Jun 28, in compartment or compartments at waterline level, with a lot of smoke. The ship is understood to undergo repairs, probably drydocked. 35 engines and 105 firefighters responded to fire, which was extinguished by 0500 LT. No injures reported, extent of damages yet unknown.
India : Nearly 4,000 seafarers still stranded on board ships, await repatriation.
While over 18,000 seafarers stranded at ports around the world have returned to India, an estimated 4,000, on board merchant vessels across the globe, are still at sea.
With Indian seafarers still seeking repatriation from foreign ports, the All India Seafarers and General Workers Union (AISGWU) office in Navi Mumbai has been swarmed with calls, emails and Twitter posts of seafarers seeking their help to come home after spending months on merchant vessels amid the global Covid-19 pandemic-induced travel restrictions.
In a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs on June 16, the AISGWU drew attention to 164 crew members on board the merchant vessel (MV) Astoria at the Tilbury port in UK.
Philippines : Bulk carrier hit and run, 12 Filipino crew missing.
Bulk carrier VIENNA WOOD N is suspect in hit and run in Mindoro Strait, Philippines, in the early hours of Jun 28. Local fishing boat was struck by cargo ship some 15 nm southwest of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro, 12 fishermen went missing, boat later sank. Exact number of fishing boat crew unknown, probably 14 or 15. Cargo ship didnít stop and sailed away. Coast Guard figured out VIENNA WOOD N as the main suspect, the ship was ordered to interrupt her voyage from Subic Bay Philippines, to Groote Eylandt island, Australia, and sail to Batangas, Philippines, for investigation. Bulk carrier crew is said to be Chinese. As of 1830 UTC Jun 28, the ship was either drifting or moving dead ahead in northern direction, see track.
Bulk carrier VIENNA WOOD N, IMO 9593713, dwt 55768, built 2011, flag HK, manager AM NOMIKOS TRANSWORLD MARITIME (EQUASIS).
80,000 Filipino seafarers stranded in ships with lapsed contracts
About 80,000 Filipino seafarers are stranded in ships worldwide, work contracts expired and unable to get home. Repatriation is overdue. The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down national borders. Flights to and from the Philippines severely are limited. They cannot just disembark at any port, lest they get grounded or face arrest in a strange land.
The seamen s tenures lapsed in the past four months, according to industry records. International rules are for them to rest after nine months sea time. Physical and mental fatigue is setting in. Extended labor could prejudice their and vessels safety.
An equal number of replacements for the lapsed seamen canít get to work either. Flights are rare too to international port cities where they can board ship.
Panama Safeguards Seafarers Rights During This World Health Crisis.
The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) wants to emphasize that the measures adopted through MMN-003-2020 Coronavirus and Seafarers Employment Agreement and Certificates, on the extension of employment agreements for seafarers were implemented to safeguard their rights and working conditions during this health crisis (COVID-19).
Panama has, responsibly, taken various actions with the purpose of establishing mechanisms, procedures, instructions, administrative measures and communications, which serve as a basis to minimize the risks and impact of the health crisis on seafarers, particularly with regards to the impossibility of replacing crews onboard ships, as well as in the maritime industry, within the protocols established by international organizations, including the declarations and guidelines issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the worldwide health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic.