Some 140 seamen on board of 6 ships found themselves under quarantine at Lamma island anchorage, Hong Kong, starting Jul 13, when all these ships arrived at anchorage for crew change. Among seized ships are:
Gen cargo ALISA V, IMO 9875434, dwt 7867 (brand new, built in 2020) – confirmed;
Container ship ROSA, IMO 9484534, dwt 54339, capacity 4380 TEU – confirmed;
Container ship MSC KERRY, IMO 9062960, dwt 45530, capacity 3501 TEU – confirmed;
Container ship VANTAGE, IMO 9628192, dwt 110875, capacity 8800 TEU – confirmed;
Container ship CMA CGM ROSSINI, IMO 9280639, dwt 73235, capacity 5770 TEU – confirmed;
Bulk carrier DARYA GANGA, IMO 9601936, dwt 36845 – confirmed.
To clarify situation: All seized ships called HK anchorage for crew change, they weren’t supposed to dock and carry out cargo operations. All crews on board were tested, one seaman per each crew was found guilty of positive test. One He Bailiang, head of HK University Infectious Disease Center, said, that situation is very risky, and that all ships calls with sole purpose of changing crews, must be cancelled, because of course, this crew change scheme is endangering everything and everybody, and overall, situation is bloody critical. One He Bailiang didn’t miss ships’ photos, taken on Lamma anchorage, where some crew were – oh, my Goodness! – without muzzles (masks, that is). Situation is very dangerous, and prone with infection spread risk, said watchful He Bailiang, doctor and all that. One He Bailiang somehow, didn’t assess situation in general – those crews are on board of their ships for many months, carrying goods which among other people, regretfully, feed, warm and provide life itself, for persons like He Bailiang.
Hong Kong authorities already started to panic, so there’s almost no doubt, that the only loophole in this region, Hong Kong, will be closed soon.
So much for your online governmental conferences and “we care about our seamen” crap.
As I see it, there’s only one viable way to return situation to normal (“normal” normal, not “new normal”) – to impose heavy levies on all seagoing imports/exports of all countries, which hamper or ban crews change. But who’s to carry it out? Maritime organizations together with their puppet masters, UN/IMO/ILO? Are you joking? Never. They aren’t here to help and assist crews and shipowners. Their goals are quite the opposite.
In last months of Stalin’s reign in Soviet Union, an anti-semitic campaign was launched, disguised on the first stage, as a fight against Western toxic culture and… doctors. Doctors were nicknamed by Party media, as “Murderers in white coats”. When I see and listen to, news and stories about heroic doctors and nuns, fighting “deadly pandemic”, like that one fighting the crews in HK, I always remember this story and this nickname. I wonder, why?