ITF News Update – 12th to 20th January

Pilot Killed in Boarding Accident on the Humber | Maritime Executive – 12th Jan
A marine pilot on the Humber Estuary was killed Sunday while boarding a merchant vessel, according to the UK Marine Pilots’ Association.


Watch: Fire onboard cargo ship in Indonesia | Safety4Sea – 13th Jan

Fire broke out onboard the general cargo ship “Fortuner” on January 12, in Indonesian waters, with initial information reporting that the cause was a short circuit in the engine room.


New advisory committee launched to address major maritime issues impacting Filipino seafarers | ITF Seafarers – 16th Jan

16 January 2023, London: Global leaders from organisations representing seafarers, shipowners and other maritime employers signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines’s Department of Migrant Workers on Wednesday 11 January, to form the International Advisory Committee on Global Maritime Affairs (IACGMA).


Philippine seafarers are on a sinking ship. Billions of dollars will drown with them | The Ken – 16th Jan

Filipinos make up more than one-third of the world’s seafarers, but they could soon be banned from the open sea. The unlikely culprit is the Philippines’ poor maritime-training record


WATCH: Indian Coast Guard rescues 7 crew after boat catches fire off Gujarat coast | Times Now – 16th Jan

PRO Defence Gujarat shared pictures of the rescue operation and said that five missing crew members and two persons who got injured were rescued 50 km off Porbandar coast. The Crew had abandoned the boat after it caught fire, it further said.


Tanker explodes, dock workers missing | Bangkok Post – 17th Jan

Eight workers were missing and houses damaged after an empty oil tanker caught fire and exploded at a dockyard on the Mae Klong river in Samut Songkhram on Tuesday morning.


Crew must have negative PCR at Qingdao and Tangshan LNG Terminals | Safety4Sea – 17th Jan

GAC informed that it received an update on the new regulations related to crew change/owner’s matters at Chinese LNG Terminals.


Coast Guard rescues 7 people, stranded tugboat off Ocean City coast | WMAR -17th Jan

The tug was pulling a 290-foot barge from New Jersey to Guyana when it got stuck 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City


6 more bodies found after tanker fire | Bangkok Post – 19th Jan

The bodies of six more workers killed by an explosion and fire aboard an oil tanker at a dockyard on the Mae Klong River on Tuesday were found yesterday.


New Covid restrictions cause crew change problems | Daily Cargo News – 20th Jan

NEW Covid-19 testing requirements and restrictions in some countries are creating crew change problems, the Global Maritime Forum has found.