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CORONAVIRUS-HIT CRUISE SHIP ALLOWED TO TRANSIT PANAMA CANAL

30 MAR 2020 A cruise ship stuck off Panama’s Pacific coast after four passengers died and more than 130 others developed influenza-like symptoms, including at least two with the coronavirus, will be allowed to proceed through the Panama Canal, the government said on Saturday. Holland America Line’s 238-meter (781-foot) MS Zaandam vessel can now continue …

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LACK OF KNOWLEDGE LED TO ENCLOSED SPACE DEATH

29 MAR 2020  The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) has released its report on death of a seafarer in an enclosed space on board the factory trawler Nordstar on June 10, 2018. The crewmember was preparing to clean a silage tank, and it is likely that he was exposed to immediately lethal …

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CHINA PROPOSES HEALTH SILK ROAD

28 MAR 2020  China says it is willing to contribute to international cooperation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic via the construction of a Health Silk Road. State media agency Xinhua states that Chinese President Xi Jinping made the offer, along with an offer of help for Italy, during a phone …

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SHIPBUILDING FACES UNCERTAIN WATERS

27 MAR 2020  The global suspension of cruise operations and the reduction in commercial shipping due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have broad ramifications for many business sectors, including the shipbuilding industry. Worldwide, shipbuilders are struggling to maintain their businesses while uncertain over the implications of the current global crisis. Shipyards …

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BRITAIN SUSPENDS IMO 2020 FUEL CHECKS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

27 MAR 2020 Britain has suspended checks on ships for compliance with low sulphur fuel regulations as part of wider measures that cut back on inspections to reduce the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on supply chains, the coastguard authority said on Friday. The coronavirus has created growing logistical problems for freight …

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SEVEN KIDNAPPED FROM MSC CONTAINER SHIP

26 MAR 2020  Seven Ukrainian seafarers were kidnapped from the container ship MSC Talia F on Sunday. The 957-TEU vessel was en-route from Lomé, Togo, to Port Libreville, Gabon, and is now at anchor in Gabon. The remaining 10 crewmembers are believed to have taken refuge in the vessel’s citadel. Dryad Global …

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HERE ARE SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU AVOID FAKE CORONAVIRUS NEWS

25 MAR 2020 The proliferation of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled a dangerous “infodemic“. Fake news spreads faster and more easily today through the internet, social media and instant messaging. These messages may contain useless, incorrect or even harmful information and advice, which can hamper the …

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WATERFRONT EMPLOYERS CALL FOR FEDERAL SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 SHUTDOWN

24 MAR 2020  The National Association of Waterfront Employers (NAWE) is calling on the Trump Administration to provide emergency support for ports and terminal operators, including priority access to testing and protective gear for waterfront workers. NAWE believes that the port workforce – including terminal operators, longshore workers, federal and …

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SAFELEARN LAUNCHES NEW “MASTERING DAILY NAVIGATION” COURSE

23 MAR 2020 SafeLearn, a product line of Safebridge, launches a new online training called “Mastering Daily Navigation.” The course is designed to educate and refresh the knowledge of all watchkeeping ranks on how to combine traditional navigation with modern-day technology. While the rapid advancement of navigational equipment continuously improves …

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DESPITE OUTBREAK, YANGZIJIANG SECURES $1.15B CONTAINER SHIP ORDER

22 MAR 2020  Despite the disruption and uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, Chinese conglomerate Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has secured a giant $1.15 billion order for up to ten dual-fuel containerships with a capacity of 14,000 TEU each. The firm order is for two vessels, with eight more available as …

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