1. Australia bans all cruise ships
Australian Government has announced effective as of 1400hrs AEST today, that all cruise ships originating from a foreign port will be refused entry to Australian Ports in a bid to contain coronavirus. The ban is to last for 30 days. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/15/australia-bans-all-cruise-ships/
2. Tanker grounding, Parana estuary
Product tanker FERNI H ran aground on right bank of Parana river downstream from Puerto Parana, Parana estuary, in the morning Mar 13, reportedly after mechanical breakdown. Tanker was refloated same day and anchored upstream from grounding site, resumed voyage late at night Mar 14, according to track. She’s en route from San Martin, Parana, to Zona Comun area, Rio Del La Plata, with some 16,000 tons of gasoil on board. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/15/tanker-grounding-parana-estuary/
3. Ferry sank in Honduras Caribbean, 2 crew missing
Landing craft CAPT. BERTO II sank in Honduras Caribbean waters some 40 nm off Coxen Hole, Roatan Island, Bay Islands, Honduras, in the morning Mar 14. Of 8 crew 6 were rescued, 2 are missing. The ship was deployed as ro-ro cargo ferry between Bay Islands and La Ceiba, mainland Honduras. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/14/ferry-sank-in-honduras-caribbean-2-crew-missing/
4. Chinese freighter sank in Taiwan Strait, 3 missing
Cargo ship JING WEI 188 sank reportedly, on Mar 14 or 15, in southern Taiwan Strait south of Xiamen, 3 crew are missing. The ship was en route from Macau to northern China. No other details available.http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/14/chinese-freighter-sank-in-taiwan-strait-3-missing/
5. Latest accidents: Caribbean, Japan, North sea
Bulk carrier aground, Caribbean
Bulk carrier ran aground while leaving port in the morning Mar 13, in the morning Mar 14 was still aground.
General cargo ship disabled, anchored, Japan
Chinese general cargo ship suffered engine failure, was anchored in the evening Mar 13, in the morning Mar 14 remained in the same position.
German freighter disabled, under tow, North sea
German general cargo ship was disabled early Mar 13 in North sea, tug took her on tow aearly Mar 14, to tow to port of destination, ETA Mar 15. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/14/latest-accidents-caribbean-japan-north-sea/
6. Supply ship collided with oil field FPSO, Brazil
Offshore supply ship BATUIRA collided with FPSO P-77 at Buzios oil field, Santos Basin, S of Rio de Janeiro, on Mar 12. The sustained serious damages, but reached Rio de Janeiro understood, under own power, on Mar 13, and was berthed. FPSO remain operative and continued production, damages understood to be slight or none. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/14/supply-ship-collided-with-oil-field-fpso-brazil/
7. Cargo ships are modern Flying Dutchman. Legend coming true?
The States worldwide are ramping up restrictive entry rules, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to travel around, for whatever purposes. Latest: Argentinian government bans all transit, working & temporary visa applications from the following countries have been cancelled until further notice due to the outbreak of the coronavirus:
People Republic of China; Republic of Korea (South Korea); Iran; Japan; USA; UK; EU countries. The Argentinian Consulates located on those countries will not issue any working/transit and, specially, crew visas. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/13/cargo-ships-are-modern-flying-dutchman-legend-coming-true/
8. Mediterranean Shipowners, Charterers Dispute Coronavirus Laytime Clauses
Charterers and shipowners are in disagreement about potential liability costs in the event of vessels being quarantined due to the coronavirus, causing uncertainty in Mediterranean tanker markets. Some shipowners have taken a pre-emptive stance on the impact that the coronavirus outbreak will have on vessel operations at both loading and discharge ports, through drafting a yet-to-be agreed clause that they presented to charterers. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Mediterranean+shipowners%2C+charterers+dispute+coronavirus+laytime+clauses
9. IMO Postpones Further Meetings Due To COVID-19
The IMO Secretariat will continue to monitor all developments related to COVID-19.
The IMO Secretariat has been closely monitoring developments of the impact of COVID-19 at local and global levels and has followed advice provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Government of the United Kingdom (as the host government) and actions taken by other UN agencies. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/IMO+postpones+further+meetings+due+to+COVID-19
10. Almi Tankers One Of First Maritime Firms In Greece Awarded ISO 27001 From LR
Almi Tankers has been awarded ISO 27001 certification for its Information Security Management System (ISMS), demonstrating that the company has reached the high quality demanded from this internationally recognised Standard. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Almi+Tankers+one+of+first+maritime+firms+in+Greece+awarded+ISO+27001+from+LR