7.1 magnitude hits south of Davao Occidental, no tsunami threat

No tsunami warning was raised as Phivolcs reported a magnitude 7.1 undersea earthquake southeast of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental Thursday evening. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) the quake was of tectonic origin and no damage is expected but aftershocks may occur. Likewise, the Pacific Tsunami Center confirmed that no tsunami is expected.

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Covid-19 sets seafarers as collateral damage

COUNTRIES demand proof of negative Covid-19 tests, placing seafarers as collateral damage, despite them being granted special travel exemptions. Airlines demand proof of negative Covid-19 tests, causing crew change through Singapore in disarray last week.

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ICS: Make seafarers’ vaccination a priority

“GET SEAFARERS and frontline maritime shore workers at the head of the vaccine queue,” the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) appeals to governments. It also calls to designate seafarers as key workers to avoid a repeat of the 2020 crew change crisis. ICS is demanding that governments, who are once again restricting travel as a reaction to new COVID-19 mutations, recognize the vital role seafarers play in the global supply chain.

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