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RESISTANT SARS-COV-2 VARIANT COULD EMERGE ANY TIME. HERE’S WHAT RAISES THE RISK

05 AUG 2021 With hopes pinned on mass vaccination programs seeing an eventual end to the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens around the world are lining up for a jab. So far, efforts to curb the outbreak by spreading immunity this way seem to be working – but according to new research, right now …

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CARGO SHIP GETS KICKED OUT OF U.S. WATERS AFTER DISCOVERY OF INVASIVE INSECTS

04 AUG 2021 U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered a Panama-flagged bulk carrier to immediately depart U.S. waters earlier this month after the discovery of invasive insects on board. CBP says the M/V Pan Jasmine arrived at an anchorage down river from New Orleans on July 17th, arriving from Paradip, …

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SAILOR CHARGED WITH STARTING THE FIRE ABOARD THE BONHOMME RICHARD

03 AUG 2021 Late today, the U.S. Navy confirmed that charges have been filed against a sailor for potentially setting the fire in July 2020 that destroyed the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard while it was docked at Naval Base San Diego. The Navy reports that the investigation is …

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CREW CHANGE, CONFINEMENT SEND SEAFARERS HAPPINESS INDEX TO NEW LOW

02 AUG 2021 The Mission to Seafarers’ survey-based Seafarer Happiness Index dropped significantly in the second quarter, with uncertainty over crew change and shore leave driving the index to its lowest level since the start of the pandemic.  “The data fell in every category, and there were clear indications that …

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EVER GIVEN ARRIVES IN ROTTERDAM, ENDING SUEZ CANAL SAGA

01 AUG 2021 The container ship Ever Given has arrived in Rotterdam, ending the four-month saga of detention and litigation that followed her grounding in the Suez Canal on March 23. The vessel arrived at the ECT Delta terminal at Rotterdam early Thursday and will be in port until Tuesday. …

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REPORT: CHINA BANS VESSELS CREWED BY INDIAN SEAFARERS

31 JULY 2021 India’s seafarers have long been a significant presence in the global fleet, but in the COVID-19 era they face new obstacles to employment. The Indian government’s primary vaccine, Covaxin, is not certified by the WHO and is therefore not accepted by some international vessel operators as a …

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HOUSTON SEAFARERS CENTER VACCINATES 8,000 VISITING CREWMEMBERS

31 JULY 2021 Following more than a year of random pandemic challenges, the synergy is clear among U.S. seafarers’ welfare groups, logistic teams, global advisors and others who simply care. The coordinated effort to vaccinate those on ships is making a personal difference to thousands of seafarers. Seafarers are exposed …

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS SEAFARERS SHOULD BE GIVEN PRIORITY ACCESS TO COVID-19 VACCINATION

22 JULY 2021 The World Health Organization has included seafarers among groups of transportation workers that should be given priority access to COVID-19 vaccinations in instances of limited supplies. The WHO’s updated guidance for Stage II of its vaccine roadmap states: “Seafarers and air crews who work on vessels that …

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IRISH AUTHORITIES SEIZE $41 MILLION IN COCAINE DISGUISED AS CHARCOAL

30 JULY 2021 Irish authorities are reporting the seizure of up to half a ton of cocaine with an estimated street value of $41 million in a joint operation with Dutch authorities and the Port of Rotterdam. The cocaine was disguised as charcoal illustrating the sophisticated methods being used by …

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UKRAINIAN CITIZEN CHARGED AS COUNTRY’S FIRST MODERN-DAY SEA PIRATE

29 JULY 2021 The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reports that it has detained a Ukrainian citizen on charges of sea piracy, making him the first citizen to be brought up on charges of being a modern-day pirate. The unnamed male suspect was captured by the SBU after returning to …

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