Monthly Archives: September 2020

THREE IRANIAN TANKERS APPROACH VENEZUELA WITH SANCTIONED FUEL CARGOES

30 SEPT 2020  The first of three Iranian tankers carrying fuel to Venezuela is set to arrive Monday night, demonstrating the ability of the Iranian and Venezuelan governments to bypass American sanctions on a limited basis. The tanker Forest will arrive at the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello sometime Monday night, …

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CREW ON BULK CARRIER TEST 80 PERCENT POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

29 SEPT 2020  A bulk carrier anchored off Western Australia has become the latest vessel struck with a severe outbreak of COVID-19, serving as a reminder of the dangers that seafarers face during the pandemic. Currently, 80 percent of the crew aboard the 114,753 DWT bulk carrier during its current voyage …

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CONTAINER FIRE ON SHIP OFF INDIA HIGHLIGHTS ONGOING DANGER

28 SEPT 2020  For the second time in a month, the Indian Coast Guard has been called upon to assist in fighting a fire aboard a commercial ship at sea. They are currently assisting with a container fire aboard a vessel operating regional service. According to the Indian Coast Guard, …

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SALVAGE TEAM STILL WORKING TO GET BURNT-OUT VLCC TANKER TO PORT

23 SEPT 2020  Two weeks after the joint teams from India and Sri Lanka were successful in dowsing the fire aboard the VLCC New Diamond, the salvage crews are still working on a plan for the ship. They are looking for a port and a means to off load the cargo …

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PILOT LADDER, 1,000 WAYS TO RIG AND ONLY ONE IS RIGHT: PART 2

21 SEPT 2020  [In Part 1 of this series, we covered five of the most common ways to rig a pilot ladder improperly. In Part 2, we explore some of the more complex ways of arranging a ladder – and the right way to rig one safely.] Embarkation platforms Another name often …

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ITF REPEATS WARNING ON COVID CORNER-CUTTING DANGERS

20 SEPT 2020  Organizations are again taking the opportunity to renew the focus on the challenges and dangers of delaying crew changes as a result of the pandemic. Today, September 20, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was holding an extraordinary session to discuss safety as part of the UN annual …

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PILOT LADDER, 1,000 DANGEROUS WAYS TO RIG, PART-1

A broken pilot ladder with three additional non-compliant features 19 SEPT 2020  As a pilot in the Scheldemonden region of the Netherlands, I’ve seen pilot ladder incidents involving injuries and have developed an interest in pilot ladders and the way they are secured. I keep a tally of the non-compliant boarding arrangements I …

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SCRUBBERS HAVE LOWER CLIMATE IMPACT THAN LOW-SULFUR FUELS

18 SEPT 2020  As the shipping industry continues to debate the best means of meeting the 2020 sulfur reduction regulations, the independent environmental research consultancy CE Delft is releasing a new study that concluded that the use of exhaust scrubbers produces slightly lower CO2 emissions versus using very low sulfur fuel …

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NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP REALLY DOES SUCK THE JOY OUT OF LIFE, RESEARCH CONFIRMS

17 SEPT 2020 Most of us know first-hand that lack of sleep has a profound effect on how we function day to day. From irritability and increased clumsiness to greater susceptibility to colds and chronic diseases, there’s ample research to back this up. Now, a large new study also confirms that being …

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GREENPEACE STOPS BLOCKADE WITH SIX DETAINED AT SWEDISH OIL REFINERY

16 SEPT 2020  The environmental group Greenpeace’s protests continued at the oil refinery operated by Preem in Lysekil, Sweden. While the group ended its blockade of the port, six of its protestors were detained by the Swedish police yesterday. The demonstration began on September 10, when Greenpeace anchored its sailing …

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