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India : Shipping Ministry Announces Online Exit Examination For Seafarers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic.
Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya unveiled an online exit examination for the seafarers on Friday, August 7. As per reports, the seafarers undergoing training under the aegis of different Maritime Training Institutes under Directorate General of shipping will now have an option of appearing for the Online Exit Examination from their homes.
While addressing a virtual inaugural ceremony, Mandaviya is reported to have said that India is known for its quality and highly-trained seafarers.
11 Crew of Greek Panamax found positive, crew to be changed.
11 out of 22 crew of a Greek Panamax bulk carrier PATRA were found test positive, almost immediately on arrival at Yuzhniy Port, Ukraine, Black sea. The ship was anchored at outer anchorage, crew underwent medical screen, several were found to have flu symptoms, and after that, all crew were tested. The ship has been moved to port and berthed at night same day at quarantine pier, with all crew on board. 11 positive crew may be hospitalized, or may remain on board, not yet clear.
MAERSK tanker stuck off Malta with 27 migrants on board.
Product tanker MAERSK ETIENNE was ordered to "rescue" illegal migrants on Aug 4, while under way in Gulf of Gabes, Med, SW of Malta, being en route from Genoa Italy to Port of La Skhira, Tunisia. Not exactly clear what organization ordered the ship to pick up 27 "distressed" migrants, whether it was MRCC Malta, or some other body, or maybe NGOs are already powerful enough to order cargo ships, but anyway, the ship interrupted her voyage, picked migrants early Aug 5, and arrived at Malta outer anchorage in the evening Aug 5.
Legal win for Australian seafarers who staged 62 day sit.
The Federal Court has handed a major legal victory to 10 Australian seafarers who undertook a two-month sit-in to prevent their vessel, the MV Portland, from being replaced by foreign flag-of-convenience ships crewed by exploited workers.
The seafarers and their union, the Maritime Union of Australia, have been in a five-and-a-half year legal battle with the Fair Work Ombudsman, which is seeking fines and damages over allegations the crew’s refusal to leave the vessel constituted unlawful industrial action.
India : Minor fire in ship at Visakhapatnam port.
A minor fire in a ship berthed at West Q 5 in Visakhapatnam Port caused panic among the crew and port workers on Sunday. The vessel BD51 used for changing crew for major merchant ships was berthed at WQ5 on Saturday. On Sunday, at about 2 pm, it was noticed that smoke was spewing from the crew change room of the ship. The VPT fire brigade on a fire float put off the smoke immediately. Port officials said the smoke originated from oil-soaked waste jute, cotton, and boiler suits of crews.
US : More than 12,000 crew members remain on cruise ships months after industry halted in March.
More than 12,000 cruise ship crew members are still at sea months after the novel coronavirus pandemic disrupted the industry and halted US cruise lines. The number is a dramatic decrease from reports in April that up to 80,000 crew members were stuck on 120 cruise ships on US waters as the country saw rapid climbs in outbreaks.
Brittany Panetta, a spokesperson for the US Coast Guard, told the outlet that they are "tracking 57 cruise ships moored, at anchor, or underway in vicinity of a US port, or with potential to arrive in a US port, with approximately 12,084 crew members."
Crew Kidnapped from Liberian Flagged Tanker Offshore Lagos.
Armed pirates have reportedly kidnapped 13 seafarers from a Liberian-flagged product tanker in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa, continuing a rise in attacks on vessels in the world s most dangerous piracy hot spot.
The Curcacao Trader was approached by eight armed individuals aboard a single speedboat and boarded 232 nautical miles southwest of Lagos, Friday, July 17, 2020. Among those abducted are seven Russian nationals, according to the Russian embassy in Nigeria. The other five crew members taken from the ship are believed to be Ukranian.