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India : Vizhinjam port sees more ship crew changes.
More vessels and shipping agents are opting for outer anchorage crew change off Vizhinjam port.
On Tuesday, outer crew change for two vessels took place three nautical miles off the port. Sri Vishnu, a 79,000-tonnage vessel, sailing under the Indian flag from Iraq to the Paradip port in Odisha used the facility for eight seafarers to sign off and eight to sign on.
The seafarers who signed off included Grancy Mathew, an electrical engineer. This is the first time that a woman seafarer is signing off the Vizhinjam port. The crew change that began at 8 a.m. was completed by 2.30 p.m.
Bulk carrier seized after 1 positive test.
One crew of bulk carrier NORD BARENTS was caught test positive, after he boarded ship in La Coruna, Spain, among several other onsign crew. The ship arrived at La Coruna on Aug 16, crew change took place on Aug 17, onsign crew are Filipino, they flew to Spain Madrid from Manila, via Munich Germany. They have been tested at Munich, results became known on Aug 19, so probably, the crew and the ship will be put under arrest, which is called nowadays "a quarantine".
Bulker s Crewmembers Force Crew Change By Refusing to Sail.
According to the International Transport Workers Federation, the crew of the bulker Contamines recently resolved a crew change dilemma aboard their ship by refusing to work, forcing the vessel s ship manager to arrange for a relief crew.
In early July, the ITF learned that at least some of the crewmembers aboard the Contamines were working on expired contracts, and some had been aboard for nearly a year. The Maritime Labour Convention gives seafarers the right to choose repatriation after their contract ends, or they may voluntarily extend their contract up to a maximum of 11 months.
Carnival Corp. hacked: Cruise passenger and crew information at risk.
Carnival Corp. says it was the victim of a ransomware attack that likely got some personal information about the cruise giant s passengers and employees.
The attack was first detected Saturday. The attack accessed an encrypted portion of technology systems for one of the cruise line s brands and certain data files were downloaded, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
InterManager publishes open letter to IMO amid Singapore s restrictions on crew changes.
InterManager - the international trade association for ship and crew managers - has today published an open letter addressed to Mr Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, on behalf of its members and associates.
The letter urges Mr Lim to offer more support to the global maritime industry with regards to the Singaporean repatriation issue.
Several major seaports throughout Asia have tightened crew change restrictions and stepped up screening of seafarers in recent weeks as the coronavirus stages a global resurgence.
Greek cargo ship fire in Arabian Sea kills one, injures another.
A Greek-flagged cargo ship with 18 crew on board caught fire in the Arabian Sea early on Wednesday, leaving one crew member dead and another one injured, Greece s Shipping Ministry said.
The ship had been sailing without cargo from the United Arab Emirates to Port Elizabeth in South Africa when the fire broke out in the middle of the night, the ministry said. It was not immediately clear what had caused the blaze.