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Soaring costs discouraging crew changes in India

2020-07-09 –Soaring crew change costs in India are discouraging shipowners and managers from carrying out this task as seafarers pile up pressure. . . READ MORE
Source: Seatrade Maritime

Two attacks against ships in Singapore Strait last week

2020-07-08 –In its weekly report for 30 June-6 July, ReCAAP ISC informed of two incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. . . READ MORE

Governments pledge action for seafarers at international crew change summit

2020-07-10 –The governments of 12 countries issued a joint statement pledging their commitment to help solve the current seafarer ‘crisis’. . . READ MORE
Source: Seatrade Maritime

Shipping’s darkest secret: suicides at sea

2020-07-06- Shipping has been accused of covering up the numbers of suicides at sea with urgent calls to be more transparent about one of the sector’s darkest secrets. . . READ MORE

Five crew kidnapped by pirates from PIL cargoship offshore Benin

2020-07-03- Five seafarers have been kidnapped by pirates from a Pacific International Lines (PIL) multipurpose vessel Kota Budi offshore Benin. . . READ MORE

Source: Seatrade Maritime News

Phase Two Re-opening: Updated Requirements and Measures for Port of Singapore and Singapore-registered ships

2020-06-18 –As Singapore moves into Phase Two of Safe Transition, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has updated the requirements for crew change for cargo ships. . . READ MORE
Source: MPA Singapore

Frank Coles calls for modern day Berlin Airlift to resolve the crew change crisis

2020-06-19 –Wallem boss Frank Coles has called for a modern day ‘Berlin Airlift’ to fix the crew change crisis. The head of the Hong Kong. . . READ MORE

U.S. warns of pirates in southern Gulf of Mexico

2020-06-17- The U.S. government on Wednesday issued a warning about the threat posed by pirates to boats and oil installations in the southern Gulf of Mexico. . . READ MORE
Source: Reuters

RightShip scraps ratings system in favour of new safety score

2020-05-28- RightShip will scrap its ratings system in favour of a new safety score in the biggest shake-up at the maritime risk management. . . READ MORE

Panama to fine ships up to $10,000 in case they alter their transponders

2020-06-01- Panama’s Maritime Authority will impose sanctions on ships, as well as fines of up to $10,000 and withdrawing its flag. . . READ MORE

New US rule improving seafarers’ access to shore leave comes into force in June

2020-01-09- Owners and operators of ports and maritime facilities in the US have been reminded of the approaching deadlines for a new rule designed to improve seafarers’ access to shore leave. . . READ MORE
Source: Nautilus International 

RightShip scraps ratings system in favour of new safety score

2020-05-28- RightShip will scrap its ratings system in favour of a new safety score in the biggest shake-up at the maritime risk management. . . READ MORE

Panama to fine ships up to $10,000 in case they alter their transponders

2020-06-01- Panama’s Maritime Authority will impose sanctions on ships, as well as fines of up to $10,000 and withdrawing its flag. . . READ MORE

New US rule improving seafarers’ access to shore leave comes into force in June

2020-01-09- Owners and operators of ports and maritime facilities in the US have been reminded of the approaching deadlines for a new rule designed to improve seafarers’ access to shore leave. . . READ MORE
Source: Nautilus International 

ShipMoney Introduces Virtual Cards for Seafarer Wages

2020-05-18 –Maritime Payment Solutions, LLC (d/b/a ShipMoney), a global, industry-leading provider of payment solutions for maritime companies, has announced the introduction of ShipMoney Virtual Cards. . . READ MORE

Eight kidnapped Tommi Ritscher crew feed

2020-05-26 –Eight crewmembers who were kidnapped by pirates from containership Tommy Ritscher last month off. . . READ MORE

Singapore Loosens Restrictions on Crew Changes

2020-05-25 –Responding to the growing demand for crew change arrangements and the rising number of crewmembers stuck at sea, the Maritime and Port. . . READ MORE

Armed attackers board and rob product tanker off port of Port-au-Prince, Haiti

2020-05-26 –Accordingly, it has been reported that the Argentine crew of the Tosna Star has been stuck on board for months due to the novel coronavirus, unable to return to their homes. . . READ MORE

Tritan Software Launches New Telehealth Solution

2020-05-12- Tritan Software, the leading provider of health and safety technology platforms in the maritime industry, has announced the launch of SeaConsult. . . READ MORE

Armed Guards Repulse Pirate Attack on Product Tanker

2020-05-17- On Sunday afternoon, guards aboard the tanker Stolt Apal successfully repulsed a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden. . . READ MORE

Nigerian Navy Thwarts Hijacking of Chinese Fishing Vessel

2020-05-17- The Chinese fishing trawler Hailufeng 11, licensed to fish in Côte d’Ivoire, was taken by pirates on Thursday, May 14 in the Ivorian exclusive economic zone with. . . READ MORE

ReCAAP ISC warning: Three attacks against ships in Singapore Strait in 15 days

2020-04-30 –During 16-30 April, three incidents of armed robbery occurred onboard ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore. . . READ MORE

Sea Piracy in 2025: Piracy 2.0?

2020-04-22- Pirates have demonstrated their ability to revise their modes of operation in response to maritime industry behavior and the responses of coastal states. . . READ MORE

Preserving the structures that keep seafarers safe 

2020-04-23- Covid-19 and its economic impact has already had an unprecedented effect on our sector, as well as the wider world. With Clarksons expecting a 5% contraction of seaborne trade. . . READ MORE

Governments urged to back collective crew change plan

2020-04-15 –An alliance of maritime companies concerned about seafarer welfare and the viability of ocean supply chains in the midst of coronavirus restrictions has developed detailed crew. . . READ MORE

RightShip and Human Rights at Sea Join Forces

2020-04-07-Maritime Risk company RightShip and the independent civil society charity Human Rights at Sea have signed a long-term partnership agreement to help improve. . . READ MORE

Danica Crewing boss says seafarers at less risk if crew changes halted

2020-03-24 –As concerns over the inability to make crew changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic grow crewing specialist Danica chief. . . READ MORE

Call for collective, managed crew changes by Synergy ceo Unni

2020-03-27 –Synergy Group chief Captain Rajesh Unni is calling for collective managed crew changes to tackle the “time bomb” of the . . READ MORE

Shipowner organisations highlight the risks of banning crew changes

2020-03-18 –Shipowner organisations are highlighting the difficulties that regulations aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. . . READ MORE

Pirates kidnap seven crew from MSC boxship off Gabon

2020-03-23 –Seven crew members onboard container vessel MSC Talia F have been kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea. . . READ MORE

Crew change crisis – plea of a ship Master

2020-03-23 –As many ship managers and owners defer crew changes due to the current difficulties in doing so as a result of measures to try and stop the COVID-19 pandemic. . . READ MORE

Nine kidnapped in seventh attack off Cotonou in the space of just one month

2020-02-21- Another ship has been attacked in West Africa with nine crew kidnapped. The Alpine Penelope, a tanker belonging to Greece’s. . . READ MORE

ITOPF: Number of oil tanker spills in 2019 the lowest in 50 years

2020-01-13- The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) issued its oil spill statistics, noting a continuing. . . READ MORE

Robbery attempts in the Singapore Strait escalate

2020-02-10- Sunday saw two pirate incidents take place within an interval of an hour to a bulk carrier and a tanker while underway in the eastbound. . . READ MORE

Dryad: Indian Ocean High Risk Area Needs Rethinking

2019-01-21- Maritime security consultant Dryad Global has released its annual analysis of worldwide maritime security incidents. . . READ MORE

Crew Kidnappings Surge 50% Off W. Africa

2019-01-14 –TDespite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings. . . READ MORE

ITOPF: Number of oil tanker spills in 2019 the lowest in 50 years

2019-01-13- The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) issued its oil spill statistics, noting a continuing decrease. . . READ MORE

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