The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General accepted the Emergency Committee’s proposal and on the 17 July 2019, declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a public health emergency of international concern.
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Recently the 2,500-TEU capacity Safmarine Nuba called at the Matadi Gateway Terminal, opened new opportunities to new shipping system benefits for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The call took place at the end of January. The call marked the first call by a gearless containership and the first by a vessel with a capacity as high as 2,500 TEUs.
On January 19, a product tanker was attacked while in Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast. The armed robbery that took place, resulted to the robbers escaping the vessel with stolen ship’s stores. According to IBM between the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo the robbery incidents more than doubled in 2018.
The tanker Anuket Amber was bunkering the LPG tanker BW Frigg when pirates attacked both ships west of Pointe Noire, Congo. BW Frigg managed to escape, but the pirates took the crew of the Anuket Amber as hostages. The Gulf of Guinea accounts for 57 of the 156 reported piracy incidents.
Armed pirates boarded and hijacked an offshore supply vessel, about 68 nautical miles west of Pointe Noire, Congo, on October 29, IMB reported. Four crewmembers were kidnapped, while one member is reportedly injured. Bridge equipment was damaged during the attack.
The World Health Organization and a broad range of partners are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working with the local Government to contain an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Bikoro health zone, Equateur Province. The outbreak was declared during May. As of 11 May, 34 Ebola cases were reported in the area.
International Container Terminal Services and Dredging International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-operate in the further deepening of the Congo River. The consortium, with DRC Government support, foresees gradual deepening of the river to an eventual depth of 40ft and beyond.
The World Health Organisation has confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where eleven suspected cases including three deaths have been reported, since 22 April. WHO does not recommend any restriction of travel and trade to DRC, based on the currently available information.
The Republic of the Congo deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)
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