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A total of 19 crew members onboard the Tanzanian-flagged bulk carrier MV AIZDIHAR are abandoned for over 14 months off Bander Abbas, Iran, according to Human Rights at Sea.

British charitable NGO, Human Rights at Sea, has been contacted by the crew, who informed that they have been abandoned since 28 February 2020, but only reported eight months later (on 20 October 2020) to the ILO database.

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Attacks against ships in Singapore Strait remain of concern

A total of 17 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during January-March 2021, marking a 39% decrease compared to the same period in 2020, ReCAAP ISC said in its first quarterly report for 2021.

The incidents decreased in Bangladesh, India, the Philippines, Singapore Strait and Sulu-Celebes Seas, while there was a slight increase of incidents in Vietnam.

The continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Strait and the threat of the abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah remain the main areas of concern.

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A commercial vessel owned by an Israeli firm was attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in Gulf waters, pro-Iran media and an Israeli television channel said on Tuesday.

Israel’s top-rated Channel 12 TV quoted unnamed Israeli officials as blaming arch-foe Iran for the assault and said there were no casualties.

An Israeli ship was hit near the UAE’s Fujairah port resulting in an explosion but that there were no casualties.

An Israeli Transportation Ministry spokesman said he was aware of the media reports but that he could not confirm them. There was no immediate confirmation from the UAE.

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One person has died, a dozen is missing and six others have been rescued after a commercial lift boat used to service oil rigs capsized in hurricane force winds south of Louisiana’s Port Fourchon, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday.

Rescuers in Coast Guard cutters, aircraft and volunteer civilian boats were hunting for the dozen missing people in the Gulf of Mexico after the 129-foot (39-m) commercial vessel, Seacor Power, capsized in rough seas eight miles (13 km) off Port Fouchon about 4:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said.