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The ITF Seafarers Trust and ITF Wellbeing launched a hub of information for seafarers to support their mental wellbeing, in light of the World Mental Health Day, October 10.

The hub includes many words and pictures of seafarers that express and reveal the difficulties they face due to COVID-19.

ITF Seafarers Trust shared an expression of a seafarer concerning their life onboard at the current time,

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The second edition of Safety Digest outlines a number of incidents and marine casualties. A marine incident included, which will be explained below, concerns the collision of a gas carrier and a container vessel.

The Incident

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Ten Chinese ports will resume foreign crew change operations with certain requirements in place, taking into account the current COVID-19 situation.

The 10 ports include Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Haikou. 

The move was announced by seven major Chinese institutions last week including the Ministry of Transportation (MOT), BIMCO said.

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India informed maritime training institutes (MTIs) to continue seafarers’ coaching and training activities as a part of the phased lifting of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Namely, the Directorate General of Shipping (DG Shipping) had suspended seafarers’ training in late March when infection cases began increasing.

The Directorate has now decided to permit operation of post- and pre-sea MTI based on a risk assessment and mitigation methodology detailed in SOP on phase-wise unlocking of training activities at MTI to enable safe resumption of training or teaching activities.