Moscow plans significant expansion of trans-Arctic shipping

The Russian government has announced its intention to increase annual transit volumes on the Arctic Northern Sea Route, pushing it up from the currently modest 1.3m tons (in 2020) to a far more respectable 30m tons by 2030. Russia’s first deputy prime minister Andrei Belousov said that “by 2030, we plan to reach a level…

Aden Ports Corp facing difficulties in floating of sunken oil ship

The Aden Ports Corporation has admitted to encountering problems in the attempted refloating of tanker Dia 1 (IMO 7415400), which sank off the port of Aden in southern Yemen last week (IMN round-up, July 22nd). Aden Ports Administration CEO Mohammad Amzarba, said that the port administration had made several attempts to float the vessel but…

New pre-arrival reporting requirements in Taiwan for Changhua Wind Farm Channel

New rules in Taiwan will require vessels intending to pass through the Changhua Wind Farm Channel to notify the Marine Port Bureau in advance, reports North of England Club, citing Taiwan Maritime Services Ltd. The new notification requirements will take effect on October 6th 2021. From that date all vessels (except Taiwan military and Taiwanese…

Delta Covid case numbers rise on containership in New Zealand

New Zealand health officials have confirmed additional cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 on board containership Mattina (IMO 9315915), bringing the total number of confirmed cases on the ship to 15 (IMN, July 26th). Officials previously reported that the cases are linked to the more transmissible Delta variant. The Mattina arrived at the Port…

Pakistan authorities plan to remove fuel from stranded ship

Pakistan authorities have said that they plan to remove fuel from deck cargo ship Heng Tong 77 (IMO 8662361), which lost its anchors and drifted in shallow waters near Sindh capital. Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, who is in quarantine after contracting Covid-19, said that salvage would start this week He said on…

Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) in Australia

The American Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is to run a Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) that will concentrate on safety of navigation. It will run from August 1st to September 30th. AMSA said that the FIC would aim to determine the: level of compliance with the safety of navigation requirements of International Conventions, and; familiarity of…

Western Australia shifts South Australia to medium risk for Covid-19

Effective 12:00pm on Thursday 22nd July South Australia transitioned from a ‘low risk’ state to a ‘medium risk’ state under Western Australia (WA)’s controlled border regulations. This means that travel from South Australia to WA is no longer permitted without approval (which will be granted only in very restrictive cases). Meanwhile, the arrival of the…

Indian union says China stopping Indian seafarers from entering

Mumbai-based All India Seafarers Union has said in a tweet that the Chinese government “is not allowing all those ships to enter into the port”. It also said that Indonesia was opening up to crew changes for all seafarers except for Indians and South Africans. The All India Seafarer & General Workers Union sent a…

Transnet identifies source of cyber threat at South African ports

South African state-owned port and land transport company Transnet has said that it was now working to bring its operations back to normal following a cyber-attack. The logistics group said that it had found the source but it continued to decline to identify it and the nature of the attack. “Transnet has identified and isolated…