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Report: Seafarers’ Welfare Remains in Jeopardy

By The Maritime Executive 10-27-2020 06:33:50

Seafarers continue to face a bleak future in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers. The survey, undertaken with the support of the Shipowners’ Club and Wallem Group, reports on the experiences of seafarers between July and September 2020, during the ongoing crew change crisis and other work hardships resulting from the efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic. While the average Seafarers Happiness Index for the three...

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Maersk-Chartered Boxship Cuts Greek Minesweeper in Half

By The Maritime Executive 10-27-2020 06:26:45

On Tuesday morning, the container ship Maersk Launceston and the Hellenic Navy minesweeper Kallisto collided off Piraeus, resulting in heavy damage to the minesweeper and two injuries amongst her crew.  In a statement, the Hellenic Navy said that the casualty occurred at about 0730 hours. At that time, AIS data shows that Maersk Launceston was making 16.5 knots and headed due south in the Saronic Gulf; shortly after she slowed to five knots, turned to starboard and returned to a...

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Four People Charged in $200K Fake US Coast Guard Credentialing Scheme

By The Maritime Executive 10-27-2020 05:39:20

Four individuals have been charged in a scheme to sell phony US Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The grand jury indictment alleges that the scheme netted over $200,000 in profits from the production and sale of the counterfeit certificates to over 150 mariners. Beginning in July 2016 and continuing through at least the end of 2019, it is alleged that the four individuals devised a scheme to defraud...

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Preventing Human Trafficking at Seaports

By Katie Amodei 10-27-2020 04:41:26

A seaport never sleeps. Cargo shipping is vital for keeping supply chains moving and the country fed and well-supplied during the current pandemic. Port employees have continued working throughout the pandemic. They’ve not shut down like so many industries have. Another industry that has never shut down is human trafficking. In fact, as much of the world has turned its attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, the crime of human trafficking has been able to flourish. Although it is quietly hidden,...

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Half of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Oil Output Shut In as Hurricane Zeta Nears

As Hurricane Zeta approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have begun drawing down personnel and shutting in wells in preparation for the storm's arrival.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), workers have been evacuated from more than 150 production platforms, about 25 percent of the total in the U.S. GoM. These platforms represent about half of the current oil and gas production from the region, and...

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Shipbuilding

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Future Royal Navy Fleet Auxiliaries May be Partly Built Overseas

The UK Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that it will allow shipbuilders to bid for the Royal Navy's next-generation fleet auxiliary contract with proposals that contain a foreign build component. The decision marks another reversal: the ministry allowed foreign firms to participate in the bidding in 2018, then canceled the tender amidst controversy over domestic content requirements last November. It has now reopened the door for foreign participation. Under the new terms announced Wednesday, eligible bids for the future Fleet...

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Four People Charged in $200K Fake US Coast Guard Credentialing Scheme

Four individuals have been charged in a scheme to sell phony US Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The grand jury indictment alleges that the scheme netted over $200,000 in profits from the production and sale of the counterfeit certificates to over 150 mariners. Beginning in July 2016 and continuing through at least the end of 2019, it is alleged that the four individuals devised a scheme to defraud...

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Georgia Ports Authority Sees Booming Volume Thanks to Regional Growth

The Georgia Ports Authority holds an annual "state of the port" address to highlight the region's growing economy and its growing cargo volumes, but like so many events this year, the gathering has gone virtual for 2020. On Thursday, GPA executive director Griff Lynch addressed online attendees from the authority's headquarters at the Port of Savannah. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 era, he had good news to report. From July through September, the Port of Savannah handled 1.2 million...

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