ITF News Update – 29th July 4th August

Merchant Navy Union Provides Free Healthcare for Sailors at Apapa | Daily Trend – 29th July

In order to put an end to the casualization of Nigerian Seafarers by the various shipping companies, the Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA) has commenced free medical check-up for Seafarers at its National Secretariat at Apapa GRA, Lagos.


Reinstate crew change in Vizhinjam seaport, Shashi Tharoor appeals to DGS | New Indian Express – 30th July

Shashi Tharoor, MP, has petitioned Directorate General of Shipping (DGS)  against the discontinuation of crew change facility at the Vizhinjam seaport.


High Temperatures Unleash Marine Heatwave In Mediterranean Sea | G Captain – 30th July

High temperatures across Europe this month have unleashed a prolonged marine heatwave in the Mediterranean Sea that could ravage ecosystems and kill off several species in the coming weeks, scientists have warned.


World Maritime University 2022 Seafarer Survey | G Captain – 31st July

The IMO’s World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden is calling all Seafarers who are currently working on any commercial ship, or have worked on such ships at any time after 1 February 1997, to participate in a survey on hours of work/rest, workload, and ship manning.


Panama gets ready for IMO Audit | Port News – 31st July

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) is getting ready for the Audit Plan of member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO, according to AMP’s release. The AMP has carried out an internal pre-audit as a self-assessment process, through which the situational status of the organization was verified for fulfilling obligations and responsibilities acquired through the IMO Conventions adopted by the Republic of Panama.


Fishing boat collides with Norwegian cruise ship – Cruise Hive | Port News – 1st Aug

During rainy conditions very early Saturday morning, a small fishing boat collided with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl, causing a strong jolt to the cruise ship and damage to the smaller vessel. No injuries or delays are reported from the cruise ship, which has continued on its way for its current 7-night roundtrip sailing from Boston to Bermuda, according to Cruise Hive.


Tanker Prices Reach 10-Year Highs | Hellenic Shipping News – 1st Aug

Tanker values have surged to decade highs, on the back of strong earnings in the spot market. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Gibson said that “over the past few years tanker owners have watched containership values surge to unbelievable levels, whilst their own values have struggled against a backdrop of weaker transportation fuel demand following the pandemic.


Ukraine Grain Ship Provides ‘Glimmer of Hope’ In Global Food Crisis | G Captain – 1st Aug

The first ship to carry Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea since Russia invaded Ukraine five months ago left the port of Odesa for Lebanon on Monday under a safe passage deal described as a glimmer of hope in a worsening global food crisis.


Filipino authorities suspend recruitment agency after ITF red list warning over illegal fees | ITF Seafarers – 2nd Aug

A Philippines-based recruitment agency that unlawfully charged seafarers placement fees has had its licence suspended after the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) highlighted its illegal practices.


Crew Abandoned in Taiwan Paints Appeals for Help on Ship’s Hull | Maritime Executive – 2nd Aug

Indonesia crew members working on a small cargo ship stranded onboard for nearly six months have taken to painting messages on the hull of their vessel in hopes of gaining support and the attention of local aid organizations in Taiwan. It is the latest story of crew abandonment by a marginal ship owner leaving crews unpaid in a distant port with no means to get home.


Singapore and Rotterdam to Establish ‘World’s Longest’ Green Shipping Corridor | G Captain – 2nd Aug

The port authorities at the ports of Singapore and Rotterdam, two of the largest bunkering ports in the world, have partnered up to launch what they claim will be the world’s longest green corridor for shipping.


Future World’s Largest Containership Launched in China | G Captain – 2nd Aug

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has announced the launched of what is claimed to be the world’s largest capacity containership coming in at 24,116 TEUs.


Seafarers’ wellness and connectivity: How are they linked? | Safety4Sea – 3rd Aug

While it is only one aspect of the highly complex seafarer welfare puzzle, connectivity is taking an increasingly central role at the heart of discussions about seafarers welfare. Today, it is no secret that technology has a vital role in improving crew welfare; a matter of utmost importance as the Covid pandemic and the resulting crew crisis put a firm spotlight on seafarers’ mental health.


Taiwan crisis to wreak havoc at ports and disrupt one of world’s busiest shipping lanes | Telegraph – 3rd Aug

China’s live-fire military drills spark fears of delays and collisions


86 Pakistani seafarers in danger on four ships: starving, uninsured, unpaid | GEO – 4th Aug

Lives of at least 86 Pakistani seafarers are in danger on four Saint James Shipping-owned vessels over the owner’s refusal to pay wages, causing danger to their lives and safety as the ships are without any insurance cover and guarantee.