In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong’s largest container port “Kwai Tsing Container Terminals” has been involved to approximately 65 COVID-19 positive cases, Bloomberg reported.
As the crew change remains a hot topic of discussion, the Hong Kong Shipowners Association Chairman, Bjorn Hojgaard, along with Roberto Giannetta, chairman and Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association, addressed media reports about the “irresponsible behaviour” of a few in the shipping industry.
Hong Kong faces a third wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, which made the country apply some stringent protocols to avoid community spread. Namely, the country does not allow crew change for vessels unless they performed cargo trade via Hong Kong.
The issue of crew change restrictions has brought many barriers to the shipping industry and most importantly to the seafarers, with many countries now making steps to allow crew change, as Hong Kong did.
The Hong Kong Marine Department drew attention on a fatality of a crew member caused by cargo hold fumigation onboard a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier. While underway, high-density phosphine gas was detected in the accommodation of the ship, leading an engine cadet to get unconscious.
Hong Kong has announced plans to cut cross-border travel between the city and mainland China, ahead of the coronavirus spread. Namely, ferries, and high-speed trains crossing the border will be suspended from January 30, according to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.
Three customs officers lost their lives as their boat capsized on January 21, in waters off Hong Kong International Airport. Two crew members survived the incident, however the cause of the accident is not yet known.
According to a recent statement, Wärtsilä, the technology group, installed a Seabin at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the first Seabin to be donated in East Asia- bringing the Seabin Project’s floating rubbish bins around the world. The launch ceremony was held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and attracted members of the Yacht Club as well as many others who were excited to see the innovative floating rubbish bin in action first-hand.
The Genting Hong Kong and its shipyard group, MV Werften are planning to build a new series of LNG-powered “Universal Class” cruise vessels, that would be able to host 2.000 passengers. The company goals to launch one of its new cruise ship until the beginning of 2022.
The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a shipping note to advise parties concerned on the 2019 Guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3 adopted at IMO’s 74th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74).
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