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USGG sets temporary exemptions concerning TWIC operations

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.

Crew refuse to offload cargo in Bangladesh over fears of COVID-19

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.

Russian freighter replaces entire crew after COVID-19 infection

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. 

Bulker crew raises concerns about COVID-19 exposure

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.

24/7 support service for working seafarers and families

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). 

ITF supports seafarers and maintain welfare services hit by COVID-19

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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