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At least 21 people were killed and dozens remain missing as a boat packed with passengers and a sand-laden cargo ship collided on Friday 27th Aug, in a lake in eastern Bangladesh.

In fact, the vessel was portably carrying some 60 passengers when the incident occurred on a lake in the town of Bijoynagar, local government administrator Hayat-ud-Doula Khan said.

As explained, the cargo ship’s steel tip and the boat collided, causing the passenger vessel to capsize. “We have recovered 21 bodies including nine women and six children so far,” he told AFP news agency, adding that the toll would likely rise.

What is more, local fire service spokesman Taufiqul Islam said divers were searching the scene of the accident for more bodies, and that reinforcements had been called in from neighbouring towns. Locals also joined the rescue efforts.

Police said at least seven people were taken to a local hospital after they were rescued from the sunken boat.

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A Togo-flagged cargo ship sank on Saturday after hitting Greek islets in the Aegean Sea but all 16 crew were rescued, Reuters news agency reported.

As informed, the general cargo vessel Sea Bird, sank in the early hours of 28th August, off the Sea of Crete, east of Peloponnese Peninsula, Greece.

The vessel was reportedly loaded with 7,000 tons of wheat, while the incident occurred. It was travelling from the Berdyansk Port in Ukraine, to the Port of Sousse in Tunisia, with sixteen Syrian crew-members onboard.

The cause of the incident is expected to be a collision with a Lebanese general cargo ship named Haya. Shortly after the incident, a large-scale Search and Rescue (SAR) operation was launched, which recovered all sixteen sailors safely.

The 4,337 GT Togo-flagged vessel is being examined by the authorities concerned, to further investigate the ill-fated sinking.

Overall, Sea Bird was built in the year 1985, with a length of 106 meters. It was reportedly sailing at a speed of 8.9 knots, when the incident occurred.

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IMO has assisted in the strengthening of maritime security governance in East Africa by participating in two regional events during August.

Namely, the two events were the Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy course (held 9-13 August) held in Kenya, and also the annual Cutlass Express event (26th July – 6th August) a United States Naval Forces Africa led, maritime security exercise conducted in the Western Indian Ocean.

For the Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy course, Kiruja Micheni, IMO project manager for the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) facilitated a module on maritime security governance. This focused on the establishment of National Maritime Security Committee, development of a National Maritime Risk Register and formulation of a National Maritime Security Strategy.

The course was organized by the Peace and Conflict Studies School (PCSS) of the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) and sponsored by the Government of Japan through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It is designed to tackle the complex convergence of existing maritime security policies, implementation hurdles and the significance of an integrated approach to maritime security for the sustainable development of the regional maritime sector.

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The Maritime Traffic Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China (MTSL) is the primary law regulating maritime traffic safety in the sea areas within the jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China. The latest amendments to the MTSL will come into effect on September 1, 2021.

Namely, under the new law, the penalties for various breaches of the safety of Navigation requirements have been increased.

To remind, the amended Maritime Traffic Safety Law of China will come into effect on 1st September 2021. It provides a systematic administration of maritime traffic safety in China, while also increases the penalties of various breaches of safe navigation.