1. Chemical tanker under repair after serious breakdown
Chemical tanker DACIL suffered one of her two engines failure while leaving Bilbao Spain, on May 27, bound for La Coruna. Tanker was allowed to continue voyage at a reduced speed, she reached La Coruna on May 29. Inspection found crankshaft in need of fixing, the repairs will take about a month, tanker was moved to ship repair yard, to be dry-docked, probably.
2. Taiwanese 30-crew longliner abandoned, on fire, Arabian sea
The ship reported abandoned, burning, drifting. Crew understood to be rescued.
Contacts lost with 30-crew Taiwanese longliner YUAN TAI 216 since Jun 5, last known position around 08 00N 061 30 E, SE of Socotra, Arabian sea, afternoon Jun 5. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/06/06/taiwanese-30-crew-longliner-abandoned-on-fire-arabian-sea/
3. MAERSK container ship disabled by explosion
Container ship LAURA MAERSK suffered an explosion in engine room, which injured one crew and disabled the ship, late Jun 4 in North Atlantic, SE of Newark, USA. CG helicopter couldn’t make it both ways to medevac injured crew, so helicopter landed on Navy destroyer USS MAHAN, and took off from destroyer after approaching damaged LAURA MAERSK. Crew was transferred to hospital in Norfolk. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/06/06/maersk-container-ship-disabled-by-explosion-1-crew-injured-north-atlantic-video/
4. Iranian cargo ship sank after contacting constructions, Persian Gulf
Iranian cargo ship BEHBAHAN sank at night Jun 4 in northern Persian Gulf, SE of Umm Qasr, apparently after hitting some constructions. The ship was en route from Iranian port to Kuwait. Of reportedly, 9 crew, 4 were rescued, 5 remain missing. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/06/05/iranian-cargo-ship-sank-after-contacting-constructions-persian-gulf-video/
5. PSC slowly returning to normal, DNV GL figures show
With Asian countries showing an uptick in Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Port State Control (PSC) inspections in May, this may indicate that inspections will start being carried out as normal after a dip due to the impact of COVID-19, discussed representatives of DNV GL. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/psc-slowly-returning-to-normal-dnv-gl-figures-show/
6. Inmarsat expands roll-out of COVID-19 video telemedicine service
First announced in April 2020, the technology allows Inmarsat’s users high-speed Fleet Xpress service to contact crew healthcare specialist VIKAND’s team of expert health professionals for COVID-19-related medical questions. Inmarsat reports that this service is now live and available on more than 150 vessels with a further 1,000-plus vessels in the pipeline. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/inmarsat-expands-roll-out-of-covid-19-video-telemedicine-service/
7. Announcement: Safety at Sea awards 2020 cancelled
Following guidance from health officials and in light of the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic and global travel restrictions, IHS Markit has cancelled the Safety at Sea Awards 2020. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/announcement-safety-at-sea-awards-2020-cancelled/
8. Don’t Write An Obituary For Shipping’s Dirtiest Fuel
High sulfur fuel oil, once the cheap staple diet of the shipping industry, has been usurped by an abundance of low-cost, premium quality bunker fuel. That’s led to seafarers freezing orders for equipment to remove the sulfur from HSFO and maximizing compliant fuels. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Don’t+write+an+obituary+for+shipping’s+dirtiest+fuel
9. U.S. Considers Blacklisting More Oil Tankers For Trading With Venezuela, Sources Say
The United States is considering imposing sanctions on at least 40 additional foreign oil tankers for trading with Venezuela, four shipping sources told Reuters on Friday.
The sources said the potential sanctions on the various ships could be imposed imminently, although no decision had been taken yet. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/U.S.+considers+blacklisting+more+oil+tankers+for+trading+with+Venezuela%2C+sources+say
10. EIZO Secures LR Type Approval For Maritime Monitors Via Remote Survey
As part of the European Union (EU) Recognised Organisation (RO) Mutual Recognition Type Approval scheme, EIZO Corporation has been awarded type approval from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its 19 and 25.5 inch maritime monitors for an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) with radar applications, the first European certificate for electrical equipment in Japan. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/EIZO+secures+LR+type+approval+for+maritime+monitors+via+remote+survey