Singapore continues to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the precautions and measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 23 March 2020, 2359H, crew and passengers on short term visits have not been allowed to disembark in Singapore, unless given special prior approval from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
Liberia Maritime Authority advises operators to lookout for possible sightings of vessels engaged in human trafficking in the Andaman Sea and the northern part of Straits of Malacca including coastal areas off Bangladesh/off Myanmar.
For the safety of human life at sea, ships are requested to lookout for human trafficking syndicates taking advantage of migrants, where the migrants are put unto overcrowded and unseaworthy boats.
At least 11 workers lost their lives in a shipyard in Vishakhapatnam, in southern India, when a huge crane has collapsed during load testing.
Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020, in this picture obtained from a social media video. Karim Sokhn/Instagram/Ksokhn + Thebikekitchenbeirut/via REUTERS