Crew Vaccination Programmes
Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Programme Director at UK P&I Club, discusses the importance of vaccinations for seafarers: “One of the most effective and obvious ways to prevent infections onboard a ship is good personal hygiene. However, for seafarers who travel worldwide this is often not enough. Vaccination is the most effective method to prevent the spread of common, preventable, illnesses onboard, such as Hepatitis B and Chickenpox. Seafarers are encouraged to keep their vaccinations up to date. A seafarer who can fight the infection will be able to continue in his job and be efficient on board.
Decarbonization of Shipping
After two weeks of testing and occasionally fiery negotiations at the International Maritime Organization, one sentence emerged as a potential sign of progress. “The IMO is committed to the decarbonization of shipping by the second half of the century,” read a line proposed by the Bahamas as a potential goal for the sector. It’s by no means official IMO policy yet, but aside from vocal opposition from Saudi Arabia and Brazil , it won support from the vast majority of countries at the talks. “There is large support for a vision for emissions reductions”, said Marshall Islands transport minister Mike Halferty, who voiced his backing.
Costa Concordia Recycled
The dismantling and recycling of the Costa Concordia has been completed in Genoa. The 290-meter (950-foot), 13-deck Costa Concordia ran aground in the waters off Giglio Island, Italy, in January 2012. The wreck arrived in Genoa on July 27, 2014, and approximately one million hours of work has gone into her recycling. About 90 percent of the ship was able to be used, and it was a huge undertaking from recovery to recycling.
Fighting for Connectivity
Seafarers can be on vessels for months at a time, while at home the world keeps turning without them. It is not unusual for the men and women manning the global fleet to miss Christmases and birthdays, family milestones such as first steps, weddings and graduations. Even for those without children, spending such long periods away from friends and loved ones can lead to isolation, loneliness and depression. For many working under these conditions, internet access provides a vital link to their families, allowing them to access emails, make calls and even watch videos snapped for them by their loved ones.
Major Ferry Rescue
On Saturday, Indonesian SAR forces and maritime police units evacuated 116 passengers from the ro/pax ferry “Madani Nusuntara” after it went aground near the island of Suwangi, South Kalimantan (coordinates S 3.425 E 116.057). The vessel departed the port of Batulicin at 1330 hours and went aground about an hour later at a position about 3.5 nm off the pier. The vessel made a distress call, and the ferry’s master ordered the passengers to abandon ship into liferafts because the water alongside was too shallow for rescue vessels to approach.