ITF News Update – 19th to 28th July

Cargo ship runs aground near Erskine on the River Clyde | Daily Record – 19th July

A ship carrying goods destined for Glasgow ran aground along the banks of the River Clyde this morning.


Government used P&O ferries despite condemning firm | BBC – 20th July

The government has admitted P&O Ferries was used by the military – despite widely condemning the firm for sacking nearly 800 staff without notice.


Ship Spills 30,000 Gallons of Fuel in The Bahamas | G Captain – 20th July

The oil spill took place at the world-famous resort island of Great Exuma, the largest island in the Exuma island chain known for its white sand beaches and swimming pigs.


Maritime shipping tries to reduce emissions, but key obstacles remain in its lane | Financial Post – 20th July

‘There is no simple way for the industry to decarbonize’


POEA report: Another Pinoy seafarer gone missing at sea | Business Mirror – 22nd July

Another Filipino seafarer is declared missing while on board his ship in the high seas, reports reaching the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.


Ferry Carrying Over 180 Passengers Suffers Engine Room Fire Off Canada’s Prince Edward Island | G Captain – 22nd July

A ferry carrying some 200 passengers and crew caught fire and was intentionally grounded Friday morning during a voyage from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island in Canada.


Tanker banned over $120k unpaid wages | Crikey – 23rd July

Crew members on the AG Neptune tanker were collectively owed about $123,000, and didn’t have access to appropriate food and water, authorities say.


Seafarers on edge as monkeypox declared a global public health emergency | Splash 247 – 25th July

Seafarers around the world are bracing for possible further inconveniences from port states in the wake of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring over the weekend that the monkeypox outbreak is now classed as a global emergency meaning it has become an “extraordinary event” that could spill over into more countries and requires a coordinated global response.


Shipping industry prepares for a future powered by sustainable fuels | Hellenic Shipping News – 25th July

Experts say the shipping industry will have to decarbonise rapidly to keep global average temperature increases below the critical threshold of 1.5C, and find alternative green fuels to the polluting diesel that currently powers most vessels.


Mauritians Take Wakashio Oil Spill Battle to Island’s Supreme Court | G Captain – 25th July

Nearly 1,700 seafarers and inhabitants of Mauritius who have been adversely impacted by the Wakaship oil spill will file a lawsuit against Okiyo Maritime Corp. The State of Mauritius could also turn to courts, tells a source.


Australia Bans Tanker for Underpaying Crew, Insufficient Food and Water | G Captain – 25th July

A Liberian-flagged tanker has been banned from Australian ports for six months for underpaying crew wages and insufficient food and water.


Maersk Launches Inland Container Service Between India and Bangladesh | Maritime Executive – 25th July

It might be Maersk’s smallest container ship, but the new inland service represents a unique solution to ensuring the movement of containers. Maersk says the service will provide a faster, more reliable inland waterways solution to move containers between India and neighboring Bangladesh.


Flags of Convenience: Could the Threat of Lawsuits Put an End to the Practice? | Hakai Magazine – 25th July

Some countries are hands-off in policing their fishing fleets, forcing other countries to step in. Researchers think shifting the costs back to flag states could force them to reform their laissez-faire attitudes.


Steamer agents express concern over decision to stop crew change at Kochi port | The Hindu – 25th July

The facility for crew change in the outer harbour of Kochi port, which has carried out a large number of crew change operations since May 15, 2020, has been stopped through an order of the Director General of Shipping, said the president of Kerala Steamer Agents’ Association M. Krishnakumar here on Monday.

Unifor members expertly handled emergency aboard PEI-Nova Scotia ferry, saving lives | Unifor – 26th July
Unifor members on board the MV Holiday Island executed emergency procedures quickly and with great care, ensuring the safe evacuation of all 183 ferry passengers and their pets and 22 crew after a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Teenage Deck Cadet Stranded in Ukraine Excited to Return Home | G Captain – 27th July

Deck cadet Burak Kinayer, 19, is waiting to hear when he will set sail home to Turkey after five months of being stranded by the war in the Ukraine now a grain export deal has been signed.


A look in the future: How the seafarer of 2050 will be | Safety4Sea – 28th July

The shipping environment is constantly changing rapidly due to digitalization. Taking this into consideration, it is only natural for the work and the needs of the future seafarers to be different than today. To understand the world of the seafarers of 2050, we must first examine the ships they will be working on, the lives they will lead, and the future global trading environment.


What Happens When Offshore Workers Are Injured at Sea? | G Captain – 28th July

Working at sea can present several complex issues, particularly when a crew member is injured or falls ill. Whether you’re working just a few miles off the Gulf of Mexico or hundreds of miles out in the middle of the Pacific, getting prompt—and effective—medical treatment can be complicated.