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Update 03 August: Live map depicts spread of coronavirus

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has cost the lives of more than 468.000, while confirmed cases exceed 8.900.000. Although coronavirus started in China in early 2020, now it has spread over Europe where Italy and the UK have the most deaths. Also, Brazil, Canada, France and Spain top the list with the countries affected significantly.


UK MAIB investigation: Loss of containers attributed to improper stowage plans

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the loss of containers from the ship Ever Smart in October 2017. The investigation highlighted a combination of factors resulted in a loss of integrity for the whole deck cargo bay; in particular, the containers were not stowed or secured in accordance with the cargo securing manual and the container lashings might not have been secured correctly.


TSB investigation: Serious head injury during lifeboat drill linked to poor training

TSB Canada issued its investigation report on the injury during a lifeboat drill onboard the passenger vessel Amadea, while moored in Quebec, in September 2018. TSB found that manually overriding a winch system’s built-in safety feature and not wearing protective equipment contributed to the serious head injury.

Maritime Health

MPA Singapore: Precautionary measures for marine services providers

Singapore continues to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the precautions and measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 23 March 2020, 2359H, crew and passengers on short term visits have not been allowed to disembark in Singapore, unless given special prior approval from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).


Human Trafficking in the Andaman Sea on the rise

Liberia Maritime Authority advises operators to lookout for possible sightings of vessels engaged in human trafficking in the Andaman Sea and the northern part of Straits of Malacca including coastal areas off Bangladesh/off Myanmar.


TSB investigation: Maintenance-related issues led to MOL Prestige engine room fire

In its latest investigation report, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined the causes that led to the January 2018 engine room fire on board the container vessel MOL Prestige in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia (BC).


ReCAAP ISC holds discussion to strengthen maritime situation awareness against piracy

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre held a dialogue with the shipping sector in efforts to strengthen maritime situation awareness and deepen cooperation to tackle piracy and sea robbery in Asia.

Maritime Health

Several sailors onboard US Navy carrier positively tested

The US Navy confirmed that a "small number" of sailors onboard the USS George H.W. Bush carrier have been positively tested for COVID-19.


Watch: USCG helps distressed cargo ship off San Juan

Air and surface rescue crews at US Coast Guard Sector San Juan responded and assisted the distressed M/V Island Express, after the ship started taking on water when it departed the Port of San Juan for storm avoidance in anticipation of Tropical Cyclone 9.


China extends IMO BWM Convention to Hong Kong

Following China's extension of the treaty to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, ships flagged to Hong Kong will now be required to apply the requirements of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM).

Maritime Knowledge

Building Resilience: Move toward your goals

Happiness comes from moving toward our goals. However, it is not enough to set goals and keep them in the back of our mind. Most of the times, it is hard enough to make changes and accomplish what we desire. In order to move toward our goals, we need to do something regularly, even if it seems like a small accomplishment.

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Building Resilience: Look for opportunities for self-discovery

Many people who have experienced tragedies and hardship, realized in the end that those were opportunities to learn about themselves; ‘what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’ is a famous quote reflecting that every failure may teach valuable lessons to ourselves.

Maritime Knowledge

Building Resilience: Nurture a positive view of yourself

Life provides us with endless opportunities to deal with unforeseen circumstances. To find the strength to change the circumstances around us, first and foremost, it is important to change our own way of thinking and develop a positive but realistic attitude toward ourselves, appreciating our worth.


China updates regulations on Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution

Operators are reminded that the newly released Announcement, 2019 No.489 on the Regulations of the People Republic of China (PRC) on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships containing new Measures has replaced previous Announcement.


Importing waste to Portugal: What to watch

The current legal framework in regard to importing waste to Portugal has recently created some complexities. Ship operators must be aware of the date when the authorisation to dispose waste in Portugal was applied and the type of waste that is being carried, the Standard P&I Club advised.


Key requirements for underwater examination and survey

Underwater Examination (UWE) is the inspection of the outside of the ship’s bottom while afloat as part of the Passenger Ship Safety Renewal survey while Underwater Survey (UWS) is the inspection of the outside of the ship’s bottom while afloat in lieu of a dry-docking, including measurements of shaft and rudder bearing clearances, as applicable.


New transshipment monitoring tool to boost transparency in fishing

A new public web portal seeks to help policymakers and fishery managers to better understand the activities of vessels that take on catch from commercial fishing vessels and deliver it to ports worldwide for processing.


Maine Maritime Academy receives autonomous marine system

Sea Machines Robotics has partnered with Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD)’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program to bring education about autonomous marine systems into the MMA curriculum.


Partners agree to advance interoperability among maritime platforms

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with five international partners, to develop and adopt common data standards and Application Programming Interface (API) specifications.


UAE now open for crew changes

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) decided to continue its crew change activities in all its ports and waters. Namely, according to the Federal Transport Authority, UAE will open crew changes to all ports across the nation’s seven emirates.

Women in shipping

Carnival named among the best employers for women

Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise company, announced it has been named one of America's Best Employers for Women in 2020 by Forbes, among a list of 300 employers.


Key points to watch before passing PEME

Pre-employment medical examination is a procedure every seafarer has to deal with to prove their mind and body fitness if they want to go onboard. As the COVID-19 crisis is gradually fading, thousands of seafarers are expected to sign in and will have to successfully pass their medical exam.


USAID highlights world day against persons trafficking

July 30 is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The evil of modern slavery affects an estimated 25 million people around the world.


Long-term ocean freight rates hold steady amid COVID-19

According to Xeneta, the carrier segment appears to be negotiating the COVID-19 storm with some success, at least in terms of safeguarding its vital long-term ocean freight rates.


Port Canaveral lays off 40% of employees

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the port Canaveral, central Florida’s seaport and the second largest cruise homeport, will be reducing its employees by more than 40% through layoffs, furloughs and attrition.