News Update – 25th August to 1st September

Beating blacklisting: court rules on seafarer’s migrant rescue discrimination case | Nautilus International – 25th Aug

After two years, a Dutch court has ruled in favour of a seafarer who was turned away by a crewing agency due to his work rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean. Rob Coston reports

Seafarers Get Time for Shore Leave During Felixstowe Strike | Maritime Executive – 26th Aug

The strike at the Port of Felixstowe is creating challenges for UK importers and exporters, and it has also delayed several vessels within the port complex. For at least one crew, this meant an opportunity for shore leave, with help from the seafarers’ charity Stella Maris.

Mt Ariana ship missing carrying Pakistani seafarers | Daily Times – 28th Aug

KARACHI: The ordeal of several Pakistani seafarers continues on the ships owned by Saint James Shipping as over 20 Pakistani seafarers remain stuck on the arrested ships while MT Ariana ship has gone completely off the radar.

Concerns about crew welfare after seafarer lost overboard – Maritime Union of NZ | Voxy – 28th Aug

The UK-flagged Berge Rishiri left Bluff early on the morning of Saturday 27 August. The Chinese crew member was last seen at 8am on Saturday morning and failed to report for duty at 4pm.

Seaspan’s tugboat strike impacts seven ships in Port of Vancouver Coast Reporter – 30th Aug

Union job action delays cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse from leaving Port of Vancouver. Movements of four cruise ships and three freighters has been impacted.

Shipping headed towards record number of seafarer abandonments in 2022 | Seatrade Maritime News – 31st Aug

A record that no-one wanted to see broken is set for a new high this year – the number of seafarer abandonment cases.

Philippines: All 85 people from burned ferry safely rescued Yahoo News – 27th Aug

All 85 passengers and crew of an inter-island ferry that caught fire near its port destination south of Manila have been safely rescued and a search effort has been terminated, Philippine officials said Saturday.

Ukrainian Sailors Allowed To Leave Country To Help Crew Grain Ships | G Captain – 27th Aug

Merchant sailors will be allowed to leave Ukraine if they receive approval from their local military administrative body, the Ukrainian prime minister said on Saturday, a move that could ease the process of shipping grain from the country’s ports.

Search Resumes For Tugboat Crew Member Reported Missing After Falling Into Des Plaines River NBC Chicago – 30th Aug

Crews in Channahon have resumed their search for a tugboat crew member that was reported missing Monday evening after falling into the Des Plaines River between Interstate 55 bridge and the Dresden Lock and Dam.

Crude Oil Tanker Briefly Grounds and Blocks Suez Canal G Captain – 31st Aug

A crude oil tanker grounded in the Suez Canal in nearly the exact location as where the Ever Given grounded in March of last year. But it appears she’s on the move again after about 5 hours blocking the canal.

Panama signs MoU with MSC Shipmanagement promoting opportunities for its seafarers | Seatrade Maritime News – 1st Sept

The Panama Ship Registry and MSC Shipmanagement have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote job opportunities for Panamanian seafarers.

Russian Chief Engineer Sentenced to Prison for Dumping Oily Bilge Water and Cover-Up | G Captain – 1st Sept

The Chief Engineer of a foreign flagged bulk carrier has been sentenced to a year plus one day in prison for deliberately discharging oil-contaminated bilge water overboard in U.S. waters and obstructing justice.


Rebekah Attard | Maritime Assistant

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