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The four crew members who had been kidnapped from the product tanker Agisilaos in November last year have been released, Diamond S Shipping said in an update.

“All four crew members are safe and will undergo further medical examinations on January 7. Diamond S would like to thank all those involved in securing their release. Due to the sensitive nature of the incident, Diamond S will provide no further updates on this matter,” the company added.

The crude oil tanker fell victim to the pirate attack in the Gulf of Guinea on November 29 while the vessel was underway in Ghanaian waters, 5 nautical miles from the Western edge of the Gulf of Guinea HRA, and 22 nautical miles west of Togo TTW. The ship was approaching the port of Lome, Togo.

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The Ministry of Health has announced that from 3 January 2021, 2359 hours, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to South Africa within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore.

This is in addition to similar border restrictions imposed on travelers from the United Kingdom (UK) from 23 December 2020, 2359 hours.

In line with the above, please be informed that the following crew change will not be allowed in the Port of Singapore:

  1. a) Crew with recent travel history to the UK or South Africa within the last 14 days

preceding arrival to Singapore. This includes sign-on crew travelling to Singapore by flight as well as sign-off crew from vessels that have called at these countries.

  1. b) Sign-on crew transiting the UK and South Africa on their connecting flights to Singapore.

The above measures for crew with travel history to the UK or South Africa are effective

from 23 December 2020, 2359 hours and 3 January 2021, 2359 hours respectively.

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Please see advice on musculoskeletal disorders to seafarers.

To begin with, musculoskeletal disorders is a term used when a person suffers from an injury or a repetitive activity that affects the body’s structural support system that allows for movement.

Musculoskeletal disorders are a term used when a person suffers from an injury or a repetitive activity that affects the body’s structural support system that allows for movement.

The following structures can be involved:

  • Muscles – These are collections of fibrous tissues that have the ability to contract and relax to allow movement or to maintain the body’s position.
  • Tendons – These attach muscles to bones and are made up of strong fibrous collagen tissue that is flexible but not stretchy.
  • Ligaments – These short bands of tough, flexible fibrous connective tissue attach bone to bone or cartilage or hold joints together.
  • Bones – A rigid structure that serves several purposes. They protect our internal organs, support the body structurally and allow us to move.

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while conducting maintenance work on the launching system for the ship’s free-fall lifeboat and later tragically died from his injuries.

The incident

A product tanker was on route from South Korea to Los Angeles. As the crew was preparing for an announced USCG inspection to take place while alongside in Los Angeles, it was found that a lashing turnbuckle for the ship’s free-fall lifeboat was defect due to corrosion, as the securing pin was seized.

The chief officer informed both the bosun and the AB about the work and instructed that it should only involve the removal of the remaining rust and painting of the turnbuckle. The bosun was also told that the AB was to assist the rest of the deck crew in cleaning activities once the task was completed.

No work permit was issued as the work was planned to take place at a height of about one meter above deck and in an area fitted with railings.

The chief officer carried out a verbal risk assessment of the maintenance job together with the two bosuns on board, and advised that due to the ship rolling moderately no working aloft would be allowed.

While performing the job, the AB observed that the forward hook on the davit of the free-fall lifeboat needed lubrication. Having finished the work on the turnbuckle, he approached the bosun and asked him to assist him with lubricating the forward hook by steadying a ladder he had positioned on deck below the lifeboat forward hook. The height from the deck to the hook was about 4.8 meters. The ladder was equipped with rubber feet at the bottom of each leg.