1. With largest port community system & BSID, Indian Ports and Maritime sector is giving boost to Digital India
03 July 2021 : Digital Transformation in Indian Ports and Maritime Sector! With the world’s largest port community system and Biometric Seafarers Identity Document, the Modi government is ushering digital revolution at Indian Ports. According to Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mansukh Mandviya, PCS1x- the world’s largest port community system, is a user-friendly interface that brings together various stakeholders of the maritime sector and provides them with seamless payments and transactions. It has cloud based new generation technology with user-friendly interface. The system has been upgraded to National Maritime Logistics Portal. With this system, the turnaround time has been reduced to just 24 hours from five to six days.
2. India’s Rs 4,077-crore Deep Ocean Mission: Importance and impact on marine ecosystem
02 July 2021 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) last month approved the Rs 4,077-crore Deep Ocean Mission proposed by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. More than Rs 2,800 crore will be spent during the first phase of the five-year mission.
3. Philippine: Securing seafarers’ jobs and promoting PH as a safe crew change hub
02 July 2021 : Licensed manning agencies (LMAs) welcomed the recent prudent judgment and flexibility exercised by some government officials that helped in easing up the challenges they face in staging crew change operations in Manila. On the eve of the June 25, Day of the Seafarer celebration, which focused this year on “Fair Future 4 Seafarers,” officials of the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) helped prevent another loss of jobs for Filipino seafarers.
4. India: Odisha seeks modification in provisions of draft Indian Ports Bill, 2021
01 July 2021 : Odisha Government on Tuesday sought modification in provisions of Draft Indian Ports Bill-2021 to address the concerns of Coastal States.
In this regard, Odisha, Commerce and Transportation Minister Padmanabha Behera wrote to Union Minister, Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya.
The letter by Behera read, “My State is in the process of constituting the Odisha State Maritime Board. The Bill for it is now with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, now awaiting the assent of the President of India, after being passed by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in February 2021. There is no provision in the Indian Ports Bill, 2021′ to include a State Maritime Board which is constituted at a later date by a State enactment. A provision is required to be made for the same.”
5. Finland: Validity of seafarers’ certificates of competency and preparedness obligation for passenger traffic to be extended
01 July 2021 : The validity of seafarers’ certificates of competency will be extended due to the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. The derogation permitting a special dispensation from certificates of proficiency required on a vessel will also be extended, says the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland. The derogations will be temporary. The validity of the certificates was extended for the first time in June 2020.
6. More than 50 shipping companies offer Wellness at Sea programme to crews, families and shore staff
01 July 2021 : More than 50 shipping companies are getting on board Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea Awareness programme: giving their crews, their families and shore staff vital wellness training and support to help them physically and mentally cope with the stresses of the pandemic. The 27-week programme starts this week, providing a series of resources and advice about staying well across the main areas of life – from relationships to mental health, physical fitness to spiritual wellbeing.
7. ISWAN launches new mobile app for seafarers
01 July 2021 : The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has joined forces with The Shipowners’ Club to launch the new app, ISWAN for Seafarers. Many seafarers often experience issues with internet connectivity at sea and expensive data packs can present a challenge for those on board. In addition, seafarers might not always know where to seek help or support if they are struggling or have a problem. ISWAN for Seafarers is a native app meaning it does not require an internet connection after the initial download (which has been minimised as much as possible to save on storage space). The app does not use data when open and seafarers can access support and resources at any time while at sea or ashore.
8. Better regulation needed to prevent marine disasters
30 June 2021: X-Press Pearl, the cargo ship that sank off Sri Lanka, earlier this month, is just the latest shipping disaster to have struck. Over the decades, maritime pollution has reached dangerous levels due to accidents, spills, fires or simply dumping of wastes. It is time for governments to get together and crackdown on an industry that goes largely unchecked, despite patchy safety and pollution track record. After two weeks of on-board fire, the Singapore-registered container ship X-Press Pearl split into two earlier this month and sank just off the coast of Sri Lanka, while the other half followed suit soon afterwards.
9. Cyprus to vaccinate 40,000 seafarers
29 June 2021: According to official guidelines published June 25, to coincide with the Day of the Seafarer, “vaccines will be administered by qualified medical staff to all seafarers working on board Cyprus-flagged ships, irrespective of the location of the vessel, and certificates provided. “Vaccines will also be available to all seafarers serving on board vessels calling at Cypriot ports, regardless of flag, with close ties to Cyprus – such as ships managed by companies based in the country.”
10. Day of the Seafarer celebrated
28 June 2021: The Three Bees Research Foundation (TBRF) celebrated the Day of the Seafarer by planting banyan, neem and peepal tress in the Sector 44-C market here today. Representatives of the Maritime Union of India (MUI), Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Good Wood, Three Bees Shipping Pvt Ltd (TBS), TBRF and seafaring community participated in the plantation drive. “We salute the maritime community for their services during tough times,” said Capt KS Rai, co-founder, TBRF. – TNS
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