Numerous manning agencies based in Manila support the Neptune Declaration, to ensure the wellbeing of seafarers affected by the crew change crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Philippine Government puts an end to the temporary ban on crew changes, allowing both Filipino and foreign seafarers to disembark in any of the established crew changes hubs.
In its weekly piracy report for 26 January-1 February, ReCAAP ISC informed of four incidents of armed robbery against ships. Of these, two occurred on ships while underway in the Singapore Strait, one to a ship while anchored at Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia and one occurred to a ship berthed at Makar Wharf, General Santos City, Philippines.
Philippine Government recently added two more countries to the temporary ban on the conduct of crew change activities in the region. In fact, the listed countries number has now grew to 35.
The Philippine Government added 12 more nations to the growing number of countries barred from taking crew change activities in any of the Philippine’s crew change hubs. The number has now grew to 33.
In an effort to reduce the spread of the new strain of SARS-CoV-2, Philippine Ports Authority set a temporary ban on the conduct of crew change activities in the country.
As part of its commitment to IMO to facilitate crew changes and achieve key worker designation for seafarers, the Philippines Department of Transportation has activated ports to serve as crew change hubs in different parts of the country.
The North of England P&I Club reported a continuous trend of issues related to nickel ore loaded in the Philippines, in particular, cargoes from the Surigao region. Nickel ore is a Group A cargo, which means there is a risk of liquefaction and cargoes loaded in the Philippines have a considerable history of liquefaction instances.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Philippines informed that more than 10.300 returning overseas Filipinos have been infected by coronavirus.
As of 8am Tuesday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Command Center has recorded a total of 341 passengers, truck drivers, and cargo helpers; 5 vessels; and 3 motorbancas stranded in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Palawan due to typhoon Quinta.
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