One more Filipino crew “covid” death. WWII convoys will soon be less deadly.

A crew member of bulk carrier IVS PEBBLE BEACH in Narvik, Norway, died from coronary issue, but because he was tested positive, Norway authorities believe he died from covid. Of 21 crew, 18 were tested, with 16 of them found positive. The ship arrived from Rotterdam to Narvik on May 5, and since arrival, remains anchored. The ship is Philippines-flagged, so understood, died seaman is of Filipino nationality. The same rhetorical question which is not to be answered – what is it exactly he died from; were the crew vaccinated?
Bulk carrier IVS PEBBLE BEACH, IMO 9838515, dwt 62661, built 2020, flag Philippines, manager VICTORIA SHIP MANAGEMENT-PHI (EQUASIS).

Hardly a day passes without reports about crews mass test positive; crew mass sickness; 2 and more crews hospitalized and treated in ICU; crew deaths (among latest death cases covid-tied death of a 45-year old Filipino crew member of car carrier), etc. All recent cases of deaths and serious sicknesses have the symptoms of vaccination adverse side effects, all without exception. Nothing like that happened in 2020, and certainly, not before 2020. The hell broke loose with the start of mass vaccination programs since the beginning of 2021. With the present rate of “covid-related” deaths among crews and spreading like wildfire practice of mandatory crew vaccinations, merchant ships will soon become as dangerous as transports in WWII Atlantic convoys, with the same or higher mortality rate.

Latest vaccination news:
In mid-June, the Netherlands will start a Covid-19 vaccination program for seafarers. All seafarers who work on seagoing vessels under the Dutch flag or under Dutch management are eligible for the vaccination. Thanks to this program, seafarers can safely continue their work on board sea-going vessels worldwide. The program is managed by the Royal Association of Dutch Shipowners (KVNR).

René Kofod-Olsen, chief executive of V.Group: “Governments in Europe and in my own country in Denmark are for various political reasons deselecting for the time being some vaccines. I think they should donate them to the big seafaring nations; getting our seafarers vaccinated with vaccines that are accredited by the WHO… We have to understand that everybody needs vaccinations and until the last man or woman on this planet has been vaccinated, nobody is out of harm’s way.”

I’m dumbfounded by what I watch, hear, read. Are those mentioned above normal? Do they really believe themselves to be “civilized society”? To be good, moral people? They’re sentencing tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands people to death or irreparable health damages. Even according to official statistics, thousands and thousands (tens of thousands, actually) of vaccination-related deaths are already recorded worldwide. These statistics alone should be reason enough to immediately stop crews mass vaccinations. Ahoy, shipping industry bridge, anyone human left? No? Zombies only?

In Italy, meanwhile, hundreds of illegal migrants “rescued” by NGOs, sleep on the streets, waiting for the arrival of the ships where they’ll undergo “quarantine”. BLM rallies are recognized as covid-immune. Or environmental rallies, for that matter. Now, tell me one more scary story about deadly covid or its’ much more deadly Indian variant, and I’ll gladly and wholeheartedly believe it, just give me a second to switch off my brains.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.