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Cargo ship sank in Malacca Strait, 9 crew rescued.
Cargo ship CAMAR 1 sank on Jun 30 in Malacca Strait near Jemur island, being caught in rough weather. The ship was en route from North Sumatra Indonesia, to Port Klang Malaysia, with cargo of consumer goods. Ship s pumps weren t able to control water ingress, the ship sank, understood in shallow waters, partially above water. 9 crew were rescued by fishermen.
India : SpiceJet operates 200 charter flights to fly 30,000 Indians, including Seafarers, back home.
Airline major SpiceJet has operated 200 charter flights since May till now to fly 30,000 Indian nationals back home.
SpiceJet has operated charter flights from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon and Sri Lanka to repatriate stranded Indian nationals.
"The airline has operated multiple charter flights for seafarers in addition to operating multiple charters within the country," the airline said in a statement.
India : Seafarers must be given preference while returning home: GSAI.
The Goan Seamen Association of India (GSAI) has yet again reiterated the need for the government to consider seafarers as essential workers and to be given first preference in returning home. Till date more than 6,000 seafarers have already returned to the state while around 2,000 are yet to return.
GSAI president Frank Viegas said, "As the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions put in place are still a worry to those who are still stranded and unable to get included in the Vande Bharat mission, we urge the government of India to consider seafarers as essential workers and must be given first preference. Starting some commercial flights from some destinations can ease the burden and pain which the seafarers are facing".
Pirates Kidnap Nine Nigerian Nationals in Unusual Offshore Attack.
Reports are coming in of another Nigerian pirate incident in the Gulf of Guinea. While it is a difficult area of the global, reports say this attack was unique both in its scope and target.
According to a statement from BW Offshore, at 4:20 a.m. local time its FPSO Sendje Berge was attached by pirates offshore Nigeria, and nine Nigerian nationals were kidnapped. Dryad reports that three vessels approached the target with one acting as a decoy while the other two assaulted and boarded the Sendje Berge. The vessel was situated on the Okwori field in Nigeria under contract to Addax Petroleum at the time of the assault.
IMO steps up campaign to solve crew crisis.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the European Community Shipowners Association (ESCA) have urged national governments to find a solution to the continuing crew changeover crisis.
In a statement, the IMO called upon politicians around the world to grant seafarers key worker status and allow them to disembark from vessels at port and return to their families.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to travel restrictions and strict border controls as countries have sought to stop the virus spreading. Consequently, many seafarers have had to remain on their vessels for far longer than their contracts legally allow, in some cases they have stayed at sea for over 18 months.
Royal Caribbean Has Repatriated 38000 Crew.
Royal Caribbean International has repatriated approximately 95 percent of its crew, which generally totals about 40,000 aboard, said Vicki Freed, senior vice president, sales, trade support and service. Freed said the company had taken crew home via its own ships or chartered aircraft.
Better yet, by July 15, the company expects to have 97 percent of its crew home.
"No crew left behind," said Freed, speaking on a webinar with travel agents. That would leave Royal Caribbean with around 1,200 crew board its 26 ships, which works out to an average of 46 crew per ship. A cold lay-up scenario for a modern cruise ship needs roughly 40 crew aboard to maintain and run necessary equipment.
Crew kidnap warning for ships in Southern Philippines/East Malaysia.
A warning issued in May over members of the Abu Sayyaf group looking to kidnap crew from ships in waters in the southern Philippines and East Malaysia has been repeated.
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) said that 21 June 2020, five members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were sighted in Barangay Sipangkot, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi on board a white with yellow and orange stripes speedboat powered by 250HP Yamaha engine.
ITF Assists With Crew Repatriations From CMV Cruise Ships.
Crew members standard aboard the six cruise ships of the UK-cruise company Cruise & Maritime Voyages are being assisted by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) as they seek to arrange transport home. The crew has remained with the ships during the suspension of cruising that began in March 2020.
The ITF s efforts came after reports surfaced regarding the crew welfare and living conditions. On June 19, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency had announced that it was detaining five of CMV s cruise ships, the Astor, Astoria, Columbus, Marco Polo and Vasco de Gama, due to violations of the Maritime Labor Convention. The British authorities reported that it had found expired and invalid Seafarers Employment Agreements, late payment of wages, and seafarers who had been on board for over 12 months.
Crew Crisis To Trigger Ship Detentions And Diversions.
Around 200,000 seafarers still can t get home due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Expired and extended crew contracts are piling up. Now, some port inspectors are beginning to balk and detain arriving vessels.
"We are not just talking about a humanitarian crisis. This is turning into something that has a real impact on the global supply chain," warned Belal Ahmed, chairman of the International Maritime Employers Council (IMEC), during a webinar presented by Capital Link on Wednesday.
Philippines : PHL Green Lane offers seafarers quick relief.
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. on Thursday led the unveiling of a Philippine Green Lane, described as a pioneering effort for providing timely humanitarian relief not only for Philippine seafarers but for all sailors of the world.
"And special thanks to all those who did the actual provision after detailed provision of this superb process," Locsin added, during the signing ceremony of the Interagency Joint Circular on Green Lanes. He was joined by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, DILG Undersecretary Bernardo Florece, DOJ Assistant Secretary Nicholas Felix Ty, and DOH-Bureau of Quarantine representative Dr. Edgar Maala.