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Crew hired on contract would not say no to provisions from employers’ empathy The industry has heard enough of the challenges faced by crew – anything from lacklustre welfare to crew change from stricter border closures. Seafarers are often hired on contract. However, did it occur to any employer provisions can be made in the events of unforeseen circumstances? New ...

While seafarers’ vaccine rates improve, the industry is cautioned of the new variant’s wrench Rates of seafarers’ inoculation have steadily increased as reflected in the latest Neptune Crew Change Indicator. The new variant however is persistently making things trickier for seafarers, even implying the return of crew change due to revised border protocols. New protocols imposed January 2022’s indicator showed ...

Unfavourable market conditions need not impact work relationships The pandemic is gradually making the market more unforgiving towards the industry, and seafarers bear the most brunt. Nonetheless, this can be addressed if employers initiate a collaborative effort to cultivate camaraderie, if they are serious about remaining competitive. Recognising key assets All stakeholders in the industry seemed to have slanted towards ...

Its take-up would be propelled by high demand for greener ships Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is touted as the cleanest fossil fuel and an excellent alternative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming. The world’s top ship builders – China and Korea are actively building LNG-powered vessels to address climate issues. However, these ships would not be effective ...

The company received an International Manning License, adding crewing to its portfolio A new manning agency is established in China – under V.Group that manages over 100 vessels globally. Its license was awarded by China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA), a government agency which administers all matters related to maritime and shipping safety. Enhanced position as a seafarer supplier The license ...

Another charity joins in the support for maritime’s unsung heroes through fund raising Maritime charity, Sailors’ Society has launched a new fund to provide urgent welfare grants for seafarers and their families in desperate need. This adds to the current list of funds set up by other maritime bodies. More funds set up Last May, a cohort of seafarer welfare ...

How would this year affect the crew market moving forward? To date, the only constant is variants of COVID-19 disrupting supply chains. Nevertheless, there are more winds to anticipate for the manpower sector. Below are a few trends that both seafarers and employers can anticipate this year. Manpower shortage The impact of crew change in manpower supply can never be ...

The nation’s Vice President Leni Robredo pledged for crew advancement through upskilling In a bid to benefit seafarers, Leni Robredo announced measures to enhance access to cadetship programmes for Filipino seafarers for career advancement. It is certainly a step in the right direction for one of the largest seafarer supplying nations. Upskilling for higher seafarer recruitment According to United Nations ...

Pandemic, border restrictions and vaccines paved the anticipation for a severe crew shortage The industry was battered good and proper past 2 years. The biggest casualties were seafarers who worked relentlessly keeping our shelves filled with essentials. Despite campaigns pushing for improved treatment, there were fears of a mass exodus – an aftermath for the industry’s inaction. It should occur ...

Crew forged on to sustain exports and imports, all stakeholders should also do their parts The Maritime Association of Shipowners, Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) is a non-profit making body based in Mumbai, India. Its Chief Executive Officer, Cpt S. M. Halbe reminded the industry to be grateful towards seafarers’ efforts in maintaining supply chains. Variants should not hinder trade Cpt ...