Pirates kidnap Pinoy seafarer from LNG carrier in Gulf of Guinea, another escapes

Pirates kidnap seafarer from LNG carrier in Gulf of Guinea
Oct 20, 2020 https://shipsandports.com.ng/pirates-kidnap-seafarer-from-lng-carrier-in...

An LNG carrier has been boarded and attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, resulting in the kidnapping of one crew member.

The Marshall Islands-flagged ship, identified as Methane Princess, was boarded whilst at anchor off Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on 17 October, Dryad Global said.

Andrew J. Masigan: Phl needs its own int’l shipping line

Phl needs its own int’l shipping line
Andrew J. Masigan October 21, 2020 - https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2020/10/21/2051084/phl-needs-its-own-in...

POEA: 29 seafarers test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in China

POEA: 29 seafarers tests (SIC) positive for COVID-19 after arriving in China
Jeffrey Damicog October 21, 2020 https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/21/poea-29-seafarers-tests-positive-for-covid-...

Twenty-nine Filipino seafarers have tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after having arrived in China to board their ships, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Wednesday (Oct. 21).

IMEC, ITF launch testing and quarantine facilities

IMEC, ITF launch testing and quarantine facilities
Yashika F. Torib October 21, 2020 https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/10/21/business/maritime-business/imec-i...

Quarantine and testing facilities for Filipino seafarers were recently launched by the International Maritime Employers Council (IMEC) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) in Manila.

Entry into force of amendments to Code of the Maritime Labour Convention

Entry into force of amendments to Code of the Maritime Labour Convention
Elias Neocleous & Co LLC October 21 2020 https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f7b2c0ca-43eb-4b9c-8dec-1...

Introduction

On 30 September 2020 the Shipping Deputy Ministry issued Circular 20/2020, notifying interested parties of the entry into force of the 2018 amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006. The amendments will enter into force on 26 December 2020.

HRAS: Crew of Tanker Gulf Sky Caught in a Case of Political Intrigue

HRAS: Crew of Tanker Gulf Sky Caught in a Case of Political Intrigue
10-21-2020 https://maritime-executive.com/article/hrsa-crew-of-tanker-gulf-sky-caug...

European container lines exit coronavirus crisis with improved credit ratings

European container lines exit coronavirus crisis with improved credit ratings
CHRISTIAN CARLSEN 21.10.20

Credit rating bureau Moody's now has a more positive outlook for four European container lines, including Maersk, than it did prior to the coronavirus crisis. Things are looking different for the Asian carriers.

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Pope’s charity reaches out to families of shipwrecked crew

Pope’s charity reaches out to families of shipwrecked crew
21 October 2020 https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-10/pope-francis-contributio...

Pope Francis has sent an economic contribution to the families of crewmembers of the cargo ship Gulf Livestock, which capsized near Japan in September.

Ship linked to COVID-19 strain never before detected in NZ forced to anchor off Queensland coast

Ship linked to COVID-19 strain never before detected in NZ forced to anchor off Queensland coast
Owen Jacques 20 Oct 2020

A cargo ship has been forced to anchor off the Sunshine Coast amid concerns a previously undetected strain of COVID-19 is on board.

The ship, Sofrana Surville, sailed into Australian waters from New Zealand via Noumea on Monday.

An engineer who worked on the Sofrana as well as another ship tested positive to coronavirus in New Zealand on the weekend.

Damages for unjustified withholding of the seafarers’ travel documents

Damages for unjustified withholding of the seafarers’ travel documents
ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO | October 20,2020 https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/346569/damages-for-unjustified-withho...

Manning companies are liable for damages due to unjustified withholding of seafarers’ travel documents preventing them from seeking lucrative employment elsewhere.

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