After two weeks of testing and occasionally fiery negotiations at the International Maritime Organization, one sentence emerged as a potential sign of progress. “The IMO is committed to the decarbonization of shipping by the second half of the century,” read a line proposed by the Bahamas as a potential goal for the sector. It’s by no means official IMO policy yet, but aside from vocal opposition from Saudi Arabia and Brazil , it won support from the vast majority of countries at the talks. “There is large support for a vision for emissions reductions", said Marshall Islands transport minister Mike Halferty, who voiced his backing.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration has ordered the Russian government to pay the Netherlands $6 million in damages for seizing a Dutch-flagged vessel in international waters. The panel had already ruled that Russia had violated UNCLOS when its agents boarded the ship without the permission of the flag state. Russia maintains that as the ship was within its EEZ, it was within its rights to act to defend its economic interests, even though the vessel was outside Russian territorial seas.
The Nigerian Navy has foiled an attempted hijacking of a merchant vessel some 16 nautical miles off the coast of Bonny, Nigeria. Six persons in a skiff boarded a general cargo ship underway in the early morning hours on July 13, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. IMB added that the alarm was raised, SSAS was activated and all crew retreated to the citadel. The Nigerian Navy boarded the ship and found all crew safe. The vessel in question was reportedly the 2012-built general cargo ship UAL Houston, operated by US-based shipping firm UAL America.
The general cargo vessel "Mosvik" (ex name Star Vita) took on a list of thirty degrees near the Holtenau entrance to the Kiel Canal. She came close to capsizing, and her crew put out a call for help. Five tugs responded to the scene, along with four rescue boats and police launches. A police helicopter kept watch overhead, according to local outlet Kieler Nachrichten. The Mosvik’s crew released a portion of the vessel’s deck load of lumber in order to help keep the ship afloat. 60-80 bundles of wood were set adrift, and three response boats focused on rounding them up in order to minimize the risk to other traffic.
Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Programme Director at UK P&I Club, discusses the importance of vaccinations for seafarers: “One of the most effective and obvious ways to prevent infections onboard a ship is good personal hygiene. However, for seafarers who travel worldwide this is often not enough. Vaccination is the most effective method to prevent the spread of common, preventable, illnesses onboard, such as Hepatitis B and Chickenpox. Seafarers are encouraged to keep their vaccinations up to date. A seafarer who can fight the infection will be able to continue in his job and be efficient on board.
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