Salvors in Brazil managed to refloat Stellar Banner over three months after the VLOC ran aground. The ship has now been towed 60 miles off the coast of Maranhão, to undergo inspections.
Equinor and Perenco are among at least five oil producers that have reported COVID-19 cases among employees or contractors at facilities off Brazil.
ABS has launched a support package for offshore operators in Brazil’s complex regulatory environment. It also published a technical advisory and two new notations.
Brazil’s National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) issued procedures for boarding and disembarking of vessels’ and platforms’ crew, in order to prepare for potential serious COVID-19 cases in autumn.
As COVID-19 is significantly affecting Brazil, workers at its ports are starting to fall ill. As of now, at least three privately-run terminals have registered two cases each of COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
The tanker Irma Dulce, that was on the cusp of being finished, partially sank at the Estaleiro Mauá shipyard in Rio de Janeiro.
The COVID-19 crisis which has been the epicentre of the EU is leading to shipping container shortages and goods, which is expected to worsen as China imposes more restrictions concerning incoming vessels, to boost its coronavirus safety measures.
With Stellar Banner ore carrier being grounded at the coast of Brazil from 25 February, salvage experts begun the debunkering operation in order to remove the fuel oil from the vessel.
Brazilian Proinde P&I Club informed about Brazil’s availability on low sulphur fuel, as Petrobras ensured its production is more than enough to supply domestic market. The Brazilian Maritime Authority accepts the use of scrubbers, as the alternative way of complying with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap.
Salvors will begin removing bunker fuel from Stellar Banner on March 10. The very large ore carrier (VLOC) had grounded off the coast of Brazil, on February 25. The ship was carrying iron ore.
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