Two Russian cargo ships are at the center of a cluster of new COVID-19 exposures at the port of Busan, South Korea. 16 out of the 21 crewmembers aboard the vessel Ice Stream and one aboard the Ice Crystal have tested positive, and hundreds of people – primarily longshoremen – are believed to have come into contact with them.
Since the pandemic began, Busan has had a relatively low COVID-19 case count, thanks in part to the Korean government’s successful testing and containment effort. The possibility of reinfection from an external source has raised concerns among the public in Busan, according to Yonhap.
The yard-and-stay geared reefer Ice Stream is responsible for the largest number of potential exposures. She arrived in Busan from Vladivostok carrying a cargo of frozen seafood last Sunday, according to South Korean media. As her crew did not plan to disembark, she was not required to undergo the port’s shipboard health inspection process. Her master did not report three crewmembers with coronavirus symptoms before the vessel’s arrival, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The offloading process for a breakbulk reefer ship is typically labor-intensive. According to Korean authorities, Ice Stream’s crew had a full day of port operations – and interactions with more than 120 Korean longshoremen – before local officials learned of a possible outbreak on board.
Busan’s quarantine officials are considering issuing a small fine to the vessel’s operator for not reporting a coronavirus risk prior to arrival. Going forward, they plan to board and inspect all vessels from Russia before allowing docking at Busan. Previously, only ships arriving from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy or Iran were subject to mandatory health inspections.
A second vessel at Busan – the Ice Crystal – has also experienced a COVID-19 case on board. One crewmember from the ship tested positive Tuesday afternoon. Both the Ice Crystal and Ice Stream are owned by the same Russian firm.
So far, more than 170 potentially-exposed longshoremen, customs officials and others have been quarantined in connection with potential exposure aboard the Ice Stream, along with an additional 90 individuals who may have been exposed aboard Ice Crystal. The seafarers who tested positive have been transferred to a nearby medical center.
“At this point, it’s hard not to assume that the cargo ship outbreak will grow further,” KCDC deputy director Kwon Jun-wook told The Korea Herald.
In June, a UK Royal Navy destroyer and Dutch Royal Navy ship safely moored in Odessa, Ukraine, were spoofed to locations off-shore of a Russian naval base on Crimea. One week later, it was a US Navy ship moored in the same port that was spoofed (above). These are interesting cases in several ways. First, how […]
A massive fire broke out at the Port of Beirut on Thursday, incinerating a warehouse full of tires and oil within the port’s free zone. The same area was heavily damaged in the ammonium nitrate explosion that leveled the central port area and the adjacent waterfront on August 4. According to Lebanon’s civil defense agency, […]
Over the course of the past five days, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority arranged a medical intervention for an injured aboard a freighter in the Indian Ocean. On Saturday evening, the Spliethoff tweendecker Dolfijngracht called for assistance while under way about 1,000 nauical miles off the coast of Western Australia. A crewmember had sustained serious […]
The UK government’s new post-Brexit tariff regime will result in both winners and losers. The new regime is set to replace the European Union’s Common External Tariff from the end of the Brexit Transition Period on December 31, 2020. The UK’s commitment to the ongoing Brexit process and ending the UK’s transition from EU membership […]
The First DP2, Twin-Hulled SOV in the World, NB72 Groene Wind met the Sea on September 29. 2020 in Yalova, Turkey. The Groene Wind will be directly chartered to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the maintenance of the Rentel and Mermaid & Seastar (known as SeaMade) offshore wind farms in Belgium. This is the first DP2, […]
The U-Freight Group (UFL), with its considerable involvement in eCommerce logistics, says that the latest statistics showing that global e-commerce sales hit $25.6 trillion in 2018 are a further vindication of its decision to enter this sector of the international freight market several years ago. The latest available estimates, up 8% from 2017, were recently […]
DSV Belgium has solid experience in the transport of pharmaceutical products for different customers. With a pharma hub based at Brussels Airport a lot of experience and know-how has been built up over the years. Last weekend, the forwarder handled one hundred million mouth masks, an important milestone for its Belgian organisation that has put […]
With close to 100 daily cargo flights operated to a destination network spanning more than 65 cities across six continents, Emirates SkyCargo is delivering essential supplies and commodities to people around the world. The air cargo carrier is currently operating 11 Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, each with a capacity to transport about 100 tonnes of […]
Operators can continue to use pilots and other crew members who have unable to comply with certain training, recent experience, testing, and checking requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak in support of essential operations. Additionally, this Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) provides regulatory relief to certain persons and pilot schools unable to meet duration and […]
The naval forces of the US and Bahrain recently staged a joint force training exercise which showcased the interoperability between coalition warships operating I the Arabian Gulf. Coalition Task Force Sentinel executed combined exercise Sentinel Shield supporting Sentry and Sentinel patrols in the coalition’s area of operations. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones and […]
Callan Marine is serving as the prime contractor to the Texas Department of Transportation for a maintenance dredging project located at the Bolivar Ferry Terminal, in Galveston, Texas. Work began in May and is estimated to be complete in late July 2020. The project consists of the removal of 600,000 cubic yards of material and […]
Astral Aviation has increased its intra-African network with cargo freighters during the pandemic. While there has been a reduction in capacity to, from, and within Africa, which has been caused by a stoppage of passenger flights and limited frequencies on freighter aircraft, Astral Aviation continues to operate cargo freighters from its Nairobi hub to 13 destinations […]
Best known as a leading passenger airport serving Germany’s most populated federal state North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf has become transformed into a vital distribution point, during the COVID 19 pandemic, for medical equipment and other life-saving goods, mostly from China. Gerton Hulsman, managing director of cargo operations, reports that the handling teams are working hard to […]
Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its weekly scheduled cargo flight operations to cover 75 destinations across six continents. Through its wider reach, Emirates SkyCargo is able to transport essential commodities and other urgently needed cargo more rapidly across the world, allowing exporters and importers across markets to benefit from direct access to widebody cargo capacity. Some […]
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a Marine Accident Brief about an accident that occurred on April 15, 2019, involving the towing vessel DeJeanne Maria which struck the end of a submerged dredge pipeline while pushing two spud barges to the Gulf of Mexico. The incident occurred on the Mississippi River in Pass […]
Global commercial aviation charter company Albion Aviation Group is reporting that it is seeing a considerable uptake in its professional cargo broker training courses from the current global pandemic crisis and surge in charter demand. “We have completed a number webinar courses for a whole of host of companies, looking to manage their own cargo […]