The "Lita" was detained in St. Petersburg on March 13, 2019, by the Ship Safety Center for 14 deficiencies. In restrictions of water consumption and the use of washing machines wree limited, the central heating out of order. The condition on the ship were described as pitiful in a way that the St- Petersburg Ship Safety Center detained this ship for fire doors that dod not work properly, radio communication problems, faulty electrical equipment, lacks regarding navigational safety, out-of-service rescue boats, wage problems, non-compliance with anti-pollution measures a.o. The ship was released on March 15 and sailed at 10.40 p.m., bound to Manaus, ETA Apr 6.
After the rescue of 49 distressed migrants the Italian police seized the "Mare Jonio" on March 20 and escorted the vessel to Lampedusa where the crew was to be interrogated. The tug had waited off the port after the rescue but was refused entry by the right extremist minster Salvini. Reports with photos: https://www.stol.it/Artikel/Politik-im-Ueberblick/Politik/NGO-Migranten-uebernachten-auf-Lampedusa https://www.iltempo.it/cronache/2019/03/19/news/nave-mare-jonio-ong-mediterranea-migranti-immigrazione-sbarco-lampedusa-guardia-finanza-salvini-di-maio-procura-indaga-inchiesta-favoreggiamento-1119147/
Togo has just banned the "Ocean Princess" from unloading its cargo of 18.000 tons rice. Before this decision of the Togolese authorities, the same measure had been taken by Guinea, which requested the return of the Burmese product to the supplier already on November 30, 2018 to the general manager of the company Huilerie de Guinée. The rice of dubious quality has taken the direction of Dakar for a few days. The vessel was in international waters after failing to land the product in neighboring countries. The ship has been actively monitored in international waters since its departure from the port of Lomé. On March 20 the bulkcarrier reached the Adidjan anchorage.
The US Coast Guard medevaced a man from the "MSC Divina" approximately 100 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, on March 19, 2019. Early in the morning, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Fifth District command center were notified that the 52-year-old man was found unconscious on the ship’s pool deck. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina launched to assist. Once on scene, the helicopter crew safely hoisted the man up and transported him to Atlantic City Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus. Report with video: https://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-medevacs-man-from-cruise-ship-off-atlantic-city/2019/03/19/
The "Norwegian Breakaway" failed a hygiene inspection by the United States Public Health on March 10, 2019, in New Orleans as it only reached 84 of the at least 86 points needed. The inspectors found flies in grill stations and dirty areas in the galleys. The medical department did not comply to all rules for the spread of gastroenteritis.