Pullmantur will sell their ZENITH to NGO Peace Boat, who operate two cruise ships in future. Full article + photos: https://www.cruisedeck.de/zenith-wechselt-zu-peace-boat/
The 19 year old engineering student Mustafa Koç of the Piri Reis University Department of Maritime Transportation and Management Engineering was found dead aboard the "Gannet S" on July 11, 2019. Koç was doing his summer internship at the vessel. After leaving Istanbul for India aboard the ship, Mustafa Koç was forced to work 20-hour shifts and clean tanks with chemical residue. Koç had to stay in a hotel arranged by the company under unhygienic conditions when the vessel was unable to dock due to a storm. The freshman stayed in the hotel for 11 days, and after he was able to board the vessel again headed out to Djibouti on June 22. Koç was sleeping at the ship’s infirmary because guards were staying in his cabin as he worked 20-hour shifts for 18 days. The infirmary had no air conditioning and temperatures inside reached 45 degrees Celsius. The ship’s chief officer forced Koç to clean a tank with chemical residue, which interns are not allowed to do. The tank was 20 metres deep, with an opening of 1 metre, and temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius inside. Most of his tasks were of a similar nature. At 8 a.m. on July 11, he was discovered dead in the room he was sleeping in when the crew went to wake him up as he didn’t show up for his shift in the Djibouti Port at 4 a.m. The autopsy conducted in Djibouti showed severe lung infection as the cause of death. Mustafa Koç had gone through a full physical examination before starting his internship, and had all his shots complete. He had no previous health isss. Mustafa Koç’s brother İsmail Koç said Mustafa’s working conditions didn’t comply with MLC standards but such treatment was fairly commonplace in Turkish maritime companies. The family was calling for public awareness so such incidents don’t happen again.
The "Toyo Maru No. 88" allided with the cargo m/v "Tone Maru No. 8" (IMO: 8735352) which was at anchor off Chiba, on July 13, 2019, at 3.50 a.m. Both vessels sustained slight damage to their bows, but no spill have been reported. The tanker entered Yokohama on July 17.
The Mexican government is upgrading the Port of Manzanillo, one of the country’s main Pacific Ocean ports, with four new terminals. The terminals will include a specialized container facility with capacity to handle 1.75 million TEUs per year, another for agricultural bulk, one more for mineral bulk and one specialized for hydrocarbons.
The crew of the "ALexander Tvardovskiy" which was detained at the port of Leith was running out of food. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) had found several deficiencies before. The vessel was also missing valid international safety management (ISM) and ship security (ISSC) certificates. Wages had not been paid to the crew. Now Captain Gennadi Kukvinov said nine days have passed with no response to his pleas for supplies. He had sent the request for food on July 8, 2019. There was only some remainders of food, but no fresh fruit, some pieces of meat, some pieces of bread. The vessel will not be allowed to sail until the MCA has re-inspected the vessel and is satisfied that the deficiencies have been rectified."