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Death Of Indian Seafarer In Nigeria Riddled With Questions About Recruitment Agents.
A lot of queries have been raised regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of a 21-year old Tamilian sailor, Vilfen Lobo Vilgious who had been missing since the 26th of July, 2020.
Vilfen, working onboard the cargo vessel MV Helvetia for the last 8 months was supposed to return home in 10 days when his family was told about his disappearance at around 10:30 pm on the 26th of July. The Indian Embassy in Nigeria traced his body the next day after receiving an email from the DGS. Post-mortem reports of the body, by the embassy, suggest death by drowning.
Crew Welfare Innovation Challenge Launched
Challenge for start-ups and SMEs will fund and test application that helps improve the safety of deck operations, minimizes fatigue on board, reduces administration on board and improves overall crew welfare.
Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has joined forces with Shell Shipping and Maritime and maritime digital consultancy Thetius to launch a new 'Open Innovation Challenge' for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
ITF Helps Burmese Seafarers To Get Off Their Ship After 14 Months At Sea.
On Friday the ITF and the MUA helped seven Burmese seafarers to stand up for their rights to stop working and get off their ship after 14 months on board. The crew change crisis has made it hard for lots of companies to relieve tired and fatigued crew on their ships with fresh crew, with a lack of flights and government border restrictions as the biggest reasons. But there is no excuse for keeping seafarers on board beyond thier contracts and against their will. And when seafarers say they want to stand up and enforce their rights - the ITF and our affilaites will support them.
Kenyan seafarers benefits from shipping jobs.
Kenya's intervention to streamline the maritime industry is yielding fruits as more locals are now securing shipping jobs, according to their union. The Seafarers Union of Kenya (SUK) lauded the government for introducing measures to improve the maritime sector and seafaring in the country. SUK General Secretary Steve Owaki said Kenyan seafarers with valid documents were now able to secure jobs in cruise, cargo and fishing vessels.
Oil tanker grounded by river pilots in Congo River
The Oil Products Tanker VENLO is the second oil tanker to be grounded in the past two months due to river pilots ignoring marker buoys. In June, the Oil tanker SEA FORCE had to be pushed off a sandbank by a tugboat brought from Pointe Noire to Boma. Fortunately, the ship sustained no damage. Charterers suffered costs and 3 days delay.
Armed Guard Hijacks Bulk Carrier.
U.S. based shipowner Eagle Bulk Shipping said a security incident involving a disgruntled armed guard hijacking one of its vessels has been resolved without injuries.
The Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Jaeger embarked three security guards in the Indian Ocean on July 21, before sailing toward the Red Sea, as the company has done for all transits through the high-risk area over the past 10+ years.