ITF News Update – 2nd to 8th March

Study sheds light on murky world of reflagging | China Dialogue Ocean – 2nd March

Understanding where and when fishing vessels change their country of registration is key to tackling illegal fishing


HFW: Geneva Declaration is a major milestone for seafarers’ human rights | Safety4Sea – 2nd March

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has continued to support the development of a new Geneva Declaration designed to define and defend the human rights of the global maritime population and those crossing the world’s oceans and seas.


Ferry catches fire in English Channel with 183 people on board as lifeboats scramble | Mirror – 3rd March

The ship, carrying 94 passengers and 89 crew, is now at anchor in the Channel after the fire was contained and extinguished following a ‘technical fault’ as it sailed between Dover and Calais


Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue crew of sinking fishing vessel | US Coast Guard – 3rd March

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and good Samaritans aboard two commercial fishing vessels located and rescued the crew of the 52-foot commercial fishing vessel Sea Smile 545-miles southwest of Hawaii, Friday.


WellAtSea Launchs An Assessment Programme To Improve Seafarer Wellness And Performance | Marine Insight – 3rd March

WellAtSea, acquired by Seably in 2022, a leading health and wellness solutions provider for seafarers and ship owners, has partnered with Vanguard Assessments to bring its highly acclaimed Mental Health Assessment online program to the maritime sector.


Suez Canal tugboats refloated container ship after breakdown: Authority | Al Arabiya – 5th March

A container ship that broke down in Egypt’s Suez Canal leading to the diversion of some traffic has been refloated and resumed its course, the canal’s authority said on Sunday.


Synergy Group Personal Protective Equipment for Female Seafarers  | Maritime Executive – 6th March

Textile engineers designed new Hercules Safety PPE with female seafarers and maritime safety experts. Synergy Group, one of the world’s leading ship managers with a diverse fleet of over 540 vessels, is rolling out new tailor-made Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to its growing number of female seafarers. Synergy, which employs over 20,000 seafarers, commissioned Hercules Safety to manufacture the new gear to the highest specifications.


Back from the brink – the effort to save the tug France Hayhurst after its second sinking | Nautilus International – 6th March

A Liverpool-based historic tug is in urgent need of help if it is to remain as a living link between past and present. Jon Parkin finds out more–the-effort-to-save-the-tug-france-hayhurst-after-its-second-sinking/


Emergency support tug tows stricken passenger ferry to France | Riviera – 6th March
A damaged ferry was towed by a French Coastguard tug across the Channel to France with 200 people on board


Tugboat successfully retrieved in Alaska | Safety4Sea – 6th March

As stated by the U.S. Coast Guard, on February 28th, recovery teams were able to retrieve Tagish, a tugboat that sank on December 28th of 2022, and was partially submerged in the National Guard Terminal in Gastineau Channel, close to Juneau, Alaska.


House approves magna carta for seafarers | ABC CBN – 7th March

MANILA – Voting 304 against 4, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 7325 or the proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers.


AWOS launched for women seafarers | Hellenic Shipping News – 8th March

Hong-Kong headquartered and world’s leading ship management company, and also a major employer of Indian seafarers, Anglo-Eastern Group has launched ‘Anglo-Eastern Women of Sea’ (AWOS) network on International Women’s Day primarily to provide global platform for women seafarers to share knowledge and experiences, and also provide mentorship and support.


The Seafarers’ Charity: Women onboard cargo ships need support from port welfare services | Safety4Sea – 8th March

The Seafarers’ Charity has released on March 8th (International Women’s Day), a report on the welfare needs of women working on cargo ships.


The Goliath — the bulk cement carrier involved in tugboat sinkings — re-admitted to Tasmanian waters after ban | ABC – 8th March

A cement carrier ship that crashed into and sank two tugboats in Tasmania’s north-west last year also experienced engine failure this week, prompting authorities to briefly ban it from entering Tasmanian waters.


Safety board recommends regulation of small tugboats 2 years after fatal Ingenika sinking | Terrace Standard – 8th March

More than two years after the fatal sinking of the tugboat Ingenika, the Transportation Safety Board is recommending greater oversight of previously unregulated small-scale vessels.


Forget Batman and Superman, our heroes are mariners | Work Boat – 8th March

What goes on daily aboard inland tugs, towboats, barges, and other vessels that ply the U.S. inland waterways is, to say the least, unique.