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Members whose vessels call at Dakar, Senegal, should note that there are reports of exorbitant fines being imposed for a wide range of issues that are also causing lengthy delays to vessels.

These include:

Fines by immigration authorities relating to anomalies in crew change/travel documents, including where the incorrect ship’s stamp is used on the seaman’s book;

Customs fines for

  • cargo shortages/excess/alleged discrepancies whether for bagged or bulk or liquid cargoes; and,
  • alleged discrepancies in declarations of any property on board the ship, including in-transit cargo, ship’s stores, fuel and lubricating oils, and more recently firefighting and safety equipment such as CO2 and foam.

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A Palau-flagged freight ship has sunk in the Black Sea, killing at least three crew members as Anadolu news agency reported.

Namely, the cargo vessel "Arvin" sunk off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin.

The coast guard stated that the vessel had sunk after taking in water amid heavy weather conditions.

At the moment, six crew members had been rescued, while efforts are underway in order to rescue others.

As Bartin Governor Sinan Guner told Anadolu news agency:

"Rescue workers managed to save six crew members and reached the body of one other on the Arvin, which sank off the coast of Bartin province".

For the records, the rescued personnel were in good health.

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In monthly Safety Flashes, focused on a case where during a load test of a lifeboat the forward fall wire failed, causing the lifeboat to flip upside down.

The incident

During a five-yearly 110% load test of a lifeboat, taking place under third party supervision, the forward fall wire failed, resulting in the lifeboat falling and flipping upside down landing in the water below.

There were no personnel onboard during testing and no injuries were reported. The lifeboat was recovered to shore.

During maintenance of the lifeboat davit sheaves, the fall wire was removed by disassembling the three-existing bulldog (“Crosby”) clamps on each wire termination on the davit. Once all maintenance works were completed, the fall wire was reinstalled using the original bulldog clamps, which were clamped in the same position as the original termination.

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is leading calls for governments to put seafarers and frontline maritime shore workers at the head of the vaccine queue and to designate seafarers as key workers, to prevent a repeat of the 2020 ‘crew change crisis’.

The renewed call comes as mutations of the COVID-19 virus continues to put struggles to crew changes. Since the beginning of the pandemic, restrictions have forced hundreds of thousands of seafarers to overrun their contracts, rising concerns over ship safety, crew fatigue and access to healthcare.

Between March and August 2020, ICS estimates that only 25% of normal crew changes were able to take place, while current estimates show up to 400,000 seafarers are stranded at sea by the crew change crisis, with up to 400,000 unable to join ships.

With limited support from national governments, there is real concern that, under new restrictions, this number will rapidly increase rather than reduce,ICS noted.