In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy released a Marine Safety Information, concerning the “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Operations”, clarifying temporary exemptions to credential expiration related to the outbreak.
Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) is referring to the ongoing case of the MV Tomini Destiny, which is currently offshore Chittagong Port, and appears entrenched between parties with the Indian Master taking a resolute stand supported by his crew of 21 Indian seafarers.
On Thursday, April 2, the US Navy relieved the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking the Navy for stronger measures to control a COVID-19 outbreak onboard the ship.
During a virtual meeting on 1st of April between the IMO Secretary- General Kitack Lim, UN chiefs and the UN Secretary-General was among others addressed the COVID-19 pandemic situation and its impacts around the maritime industry.
The CMA CGM containership Marco Polo had reported of a crewmember who was showing symptoms of the COVID-19; The updated information provided by the shipping company state that the crewmember was negatively tested.
Russian metals producer Nornicker reported on Tuesday that an engineer onboard one of its freighters, the Norilskiy Nickel, has tested positive for COVID-19; Therefore, the company disembarked the whole crew, sanitized the vessel and embarked a replacement crew.
In light of the challenging situations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Labour Organization (ILO) issued a joint statement highlighting that seafarers should be exempted from travel restrictions and be treated as “key workers”.
Human Rights at Sea has been given a formal letter dated 31 March 2020 from the Master of the Marshall Islands flagged vessel, the MV Tomini Destiny, signed by all crew members, raising serious concerns regarding their asserted hazardous offloading operations at Chittagong, Bangladesh, and a lack of COVID-19 screening of stevedores, and adequate protection for the crew.
Seafarers Hospital Society has joined forces with the Big White Wall to provide mental health and wellbeing advice and support service to working seafarers based in the UK who may be struggling to cope. The service has now been extended to the families of working seafarers, with the Sailors’ Children’s Society (SCS).
The ITF Seafarers’ Trust (ITFST) announced the launch of an emergency fund to address the impact of the global pandemic on seafarers and their families. The so called ITFST Covid-19 Welfare Fund also aims to provide a lifeline for welfare services at risk due to the financial impact the virus has had on business and fundraising and activities.
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