1. Waiting To Be Repatriated, A Second Engineer Went Missing At Sea
As per various reports, a Second Engineer (2/E) has allegedly committed suicide aboard a crude oil tanker ship, managed by one of the reputed management companies. Reportedly, the incident took place on Wednesday (June 17) when the vessel was in South China Sea. The missing Engineer was last seen on June 16th, 22:30 LT. https://themaritimepost.com/2020/06/19/waiting-to-be-repatriated-a-second-engineer-went-missing-at-sea/
2. Chinese Ship Intentionally Rams Vietnamese Fishing Vessel Near Paracel Islands
A Chinese ship rammed a Vietnamese fishing boat operating in the Paracel Islands, Vietnamese state media reported Friday, in what may be the first case of China enforcing its unilateral fishing ban in parts of the South China Sea against vessels of another nation.
3. 1 crew died, 2 injured during cargo operation on TRANSMEDITERRANEA ferry
In tragic accident which took place in cargo compartment, of ferry CIUDAD DE PALMA in the evening Jun 19, one crew died and two were seriously injured. Ferry at the time of an accident was docked at Tenerife Port, Canary Islands, Spain. Details of tragic accident unknown, it is said only, that the crew were handling the cargo. The ship left Santa Cruz de Tenerife early in the morning Jun 20, ferry is serving Spain mainland – Canary Islands line. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/06/20/1-crew-died-2-injured-during-cargo-operation-on-transmediterranea-ferry/
4. In Reversal, Navy Won’t Reinstate Fired USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain
In a reversal, the Navy on Friday scrapped its recommendation to reinstate Captain Brett Crozier and instead upheld a decision to fire him from his command of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier where he became a hero to his crew. https://gcaptain.com/u-s-navy-decides-not-to-reinstate-fired-uss-theodore-roosevelt-captain/
5. Cruise Lines Extend Sailing Suspension Until September 15
„Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations,” CLIA said. “The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States.” https://gcaptain.com/cruise-lines-extend-sailing-suspension-until-september-15/
6. Hapag-Lloyd Containership Cleared to Sail After COVID-19 Quarantine in South Africa
A Hapag-Lloyd containership has been cleared to discharge its cargo in South Africa after a month-long coronavirus quarantine.
As we reported previously, two crew members on board the Hapag-Lloyd-chartered containership MV Montpellier tested positive for COVID-19 after the ship arrived in Durban on May 17. As a result of the ship was ordered to quarantine at a Durban anchorage for 14 days.
7. Singapore to accommodate crew impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions
The Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) will set aside USD1 million to help cover the costs of accommodation and meals for seafarers staying at a hotel designated for crew change. The 101-room Seacare Hotel was selected by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore to accommodate crew unable to sign on to a vessel or be transferred immediately to a flight home. The hotel will serve as a temporary rest area for up to 48 hours and will start lodging crew members from 2 July. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/singapore-to-accommodate-crew-impacted-by-covid-19-travel-restrictions/
8. LGBT+ rights gains visibility in the maritime industry
With LGBT+ rights gaining increasing global visibility in recent years, it seems a promising time for the maritime industry to consider how best to support queer members within its own communities.
Although David Hammond of the UK-based charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) cited a lack of industry interest and support in 2015 when the issue first began to be raised, it appears that the industry’s stance has since shifted. For example, Maritime UK has recently announced an LGBT+ network initiative to allow those in the maritime community to seek and receive a space for community. The network currently plans to conduct its meetings online. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/lgbt-and-the-maritime-industry/
9. Tribunal upholds one-year ban on Fortune Genuis for underpayment of crew
An Australian appeals tribunal has upheld a decision to ban the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Fortune Genius from Australian ports for 12 months. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) banned the vessel after an inspection in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia, in September 2019, uncovered the Myanmarese crew had been deliberately underpaid USD60,000. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/tribunal-upholds-one-year-ban-on-fortune-genuis/
10. In ‘Atmanirbhar’ Push, India To Re-Work Box Transshipment Ambitions
In yet another shot at ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India), the Shipping Ministry will designate a port as a transshipment hub, making a renewed bid to cut India’s dependence on overseas hubs to send and receive container cargo. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/In+‘Atmanirbhar’+push%2C+India+to+re-work+box+transshipment+ambitions+