Thirteen Filipino seafarers have long been stranded in China. They are lamenting and begging for help so that they can leave the vessel they have been stuck in for 17 months.
It has been reported that a cargo ship has run aground near the Philippines due to typhoon “Surigae”. Several crew members are missing.
A collision between an oil tanker and a bulk carrier has resulted in heavy damage to both vessels. The accident took place in waters off Cavite City, southwest of the Philippine capital of Manila on April 07, 2021.
The Philippines is enjoying an unprecedented edge in this since it lifted the crew change ban last month and because a large number of global seafarers come from the Philippines the country is becoming a crew change hub.
As COVID-19 vaccinations take center stage across all countries the urge to put seafarers on the priority list has gained momentum.
As the pandemic rages all over the world, the life of seafarers trapped in their ships beyond their term of the contract is becoming more and more difficult.
The IMO executed GloFouling Partnerships Project and the Government of the Philippines have organized the first delivery of a newly-developed general training course on biofouling management.
From February 9th, 2020 to November 17th, 2020, about 10,333 returning overseas Filipinos including mostly land-based migrants (6,486) and seafarers (3,847), repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) were confirmed to have been infected by SARS-CoV-2, shows data from the Department of Health.
11 Filipino crew members of Oceanstar 86 are set to fly back to the Philippines, after being forced to quarantine on their vessel in China for 6 months.