PEMSEA e-update: our work in Cavite and other news

Welcome to the September 2020 PEMSEA e-update. Our main story this month is on our current work in Cavite that aligns with ongoing government efforts to clean and restore Manila Bay. These focus on plastic pollution, which in addition to being an eyesore has significant health and economic impacts. The external news stories collected cover a variety of coastal and marine topics, with a particular focus this month on climate change, a global crisis whose impact is already being felt and which will exceed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In between newsletters, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@PEMSEA) for the latest updates.

New guidance to facilitate repatriation flights for seafarers

Passenger and repatriation flights are essential to allow stranded seafarers to go home, and for their relief crews to be able to join ships. New guidance issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to facilitate those flights marks a further step to alleviate the ongoing crew change crisis.

International Chamber of Shipping updates health guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) to reflect latest knowledge

A great deal has changed since March, when the International Chamber of Shipping first issued guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The entire world has been affected, seeing 32 million cases and around one million deaths globally*. Whilst deaths, and indeed infection rates on ships stand at almost nothing in comparison, seafarers face the same risks as the general population and it is important to recognise that following health guidelines is essential to maintain this situation.

Bouchard Transportation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; Golden Ray salvage operations ramp up

Marine Daily
Bouchard Transportation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Privately-held Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc., the largest independently-owned ocean-going petroleum barge company in the U.S., and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions to restructure under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
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Container focus: Preventing the loss of containers at sea

Container losses: The Swedish Club identifies the catalysts 
Established less than 70 years ago, the container industry is perceived by many as the modern face of shipping. Yet despite the sector being well regulated and highly regarded, containers are still lost overboard. Container focus: Preventing the loss of containers at sea, a new loss prevention report from The Swedish Club, provides an overview of statistics, an insight into specific cases, and with the help of experts, delivers hands-on advice for preventing such losses.

12 crew members on Aegean cruise test positive for coronavirus; Could Trump’s latest extension of leasing moratorium to North Carolina threaten offshore wind?

Marine Daily
12 crew members on Aegean cruise test positive for coronavirus

In a blow to cruise industry hopes of a return to some kind of normal, 12 crew members on board TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 6 have tested positive for COVID-19 on the first cruise to leave a Greek port since restrictions on cruising were eased. Full Article


DNV GL: Fuel choice the big decision in shipping decarbonization; Jet and automotive fuels now being used to blend marine fuels

Marine Log World News
DNV GL: Fuel choice the big decision in shipping decarbonization

The just-released fourth edition of DNV GL’s Maritime Forecast to 2050 identifies fuel choice as the essential decision facing shipping as it charts a path to decarbonization. And while there are many candidate carbon-neutral fuels, a surprising result of DNV GL’s modeling is a relatively low uptake of hydrogen as a ship’s fuel. Full Article