News Bulletin – 03 April 2021

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02 Apr

1. Finnish Shipping Company Proposes Innovative Zero-Emission Vessel

02 April 2021 : While attention has been focused on the efforts to reduce emissions from the big, ocean-going vessels, the shortsea and inland shipping sectors have been presenting some of the first, innovative projects to achieve carbon neutrality. The newest example is a hybrid propulsion concept presented by the Finnish family-owned shipping company Meriaura, a transporter of industrial dry bulk and general cargo in Northern Europe primarily in the Baltic and North Sea areas.

2. Maritime Safety: POB Tracking Will Become Essential Offshore, Says Olympic Subsea

02 April 2021 :Keeping track of personnel on board (POB) “will be a requirement on all contracts” with offshore energy companies, predicted Tonny Sørdal, vice-president for quality, safety, health and environment of support vessel operator Olympic Subsea ASA.

He was speaking just a year after one of its customers first asked for that capability and now, seven of the company’s 10 vessels have been fitted with a system that not only tracks crew and contractors while they are on board, but also as they transfer from the vessel to wind turbines and even within the turbine itself. Its other three vessels will get the system once the market improves and they return to service, Sørdal said.

31 Mar

3. Philippines: Govt allows foreign seafarers to enter for crew change

31 March 2021 : The government has allowed foreign seafarers to enter the country to board ships, Malacañang Ssaid on Tuesday.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the decision was made following the recent meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).Under Resolution 107,

4. Shipping Industry Calls For Common, Global Vaccination Framework For Seafarers

31 March 2021 : A working group focusing on vaccinations within the shipping industry supports seafarers being vaccinated using WHO EUL approved vaccines provided by appropriate agencies in Member States.

It is hoped that private vaccinations will be available in most countries soon but until they are, caution should be used if vaccines are offered by private entities.

30 Mar

5. India sketches out four-point plan to deal with Suez Canal crisis

30 March 2021 : In a meeting convened by the Logistics division of the Commerce Ministry, and attended by representatives of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Directorate-General of Shipping, Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA) and Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), a plan was mooted to deal with prioritisation of cargo, controlling of freight rates, re-routing of ships and issuing an advisory to ports.

6. Strategy and patience is key to major maritime salvage responses – including in Suez canal

30 March 2021 : By Australian-based Captain Drew Shannon, Managing Director, United Salvage

Understandably, the media and public respond with awe, fascination and panic when large vessels end up in trouble. The more unusual or high-profile the location, the more intense the scrutiny. Is it any wonder so many people are agog with what’s happening with the 220,000 tonne Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal? It’s more understandable that people expect quick outcomes, and that questions as to why ‘nothing’s happening’ would grow when it appears that nothing’s happening.

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