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The spotlight is now on shipowners’ willingness to embrace green technologies All eyes are on the COP26 Summit’s approach in addressing climate crisis in time, where time is certainly not on our side. Is the mad rush to go green even feasible now? Pledges and actions are two different things This year has been exceptionally trying for the maritime industry. ...

Governments urged to lift vaccine intellectual property (IP) restrictions through an open letter 376 trade unions penned an appeal to governments opposing vaccine IP restrictions for the sake of supply chain survival and world trade. The cohort wrote to leaders from the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, and EU Commission demanding a lift of the IP waiver curb for COVID-19 vaccines, ...

There are still inconsistencies between physical and remote vessel inspections COVID-19 made in-person surveys impossible, resulting in more remote inspections. The industry did accept this alternative measure in ensuring vessels are seaworthy. However, too much of it led to some questioning its reliabilities, and suggested a set of universal guidelines be drawn. Standardised regulations needed Agreeing there should be a ...

Australian maritime authorities intervened for unpaid crew after receiving a complaint It is clear the seafarers at large understood they need not put up with mistreatment. A Filipino-owned bulk carrier was banned from Australian ports for 6 months after being found guilty of retaining crew without wages. Repeat offender The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) got wind of an employer ...

It is clear charterers are now considering splitting cargoes, which imply more jobs for seafarers China’s typhoon Chanthu propelled rates for capesize vessels’ time charter and voyages. S&P Platts recorded an average index of $49,460/d as at 13 September 2021 for ships burning 0.5 per cent sulphur marine fuel. This is an $8,764/d, or a 21.5 per cent increase from ...

Reports of improved seafarers’ treatment were though frequent; the pace can be quicker Crew change saw some recovery in the recent months. However, Abu Dhabi-based shipowner GAC Marine felt the crisis remains a considerable challenge for some countries yet to keep up. Lukewarm response and action GAC pointed out by May 2021, only 55 out of the IMO’s 174 member ...

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM)’s circus will be a long process From the way things are, HMM’s recent spectacle is not about to end anytime soon. After losing 300 seafarers in a mass resignation, land-based staff might follow suit for the same reasons. Mismatched leadership tenets One cannot help but wonder if HMM was thinking clearly, given the intensity of the ...

A flexible rule allowing remote examination resulted in cheating and expulsion A recent case involving allowing candidates to undertake examinations remotely resulted in 18 caught cheating and expelled from the United States Naval Academy. If one takes it further, this, in reality, is not limited to just naval training. Test to assess The purpose of an examination is to assess ...

Do the seafarers a favour, do not ask for one China’s latest series of port issues causing more delays has gotten the industry wondering if the pandemic is going to remain till at least H1 2022. Almost every observer is wondering how would China wind up after going through several trials. Everything but the team Typhoons struck, port staff tested ...

Reduced seafarers’ turnover observed, but more can be done A report by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) reflected a shortage of experienced officers at management level, and in the tanker and offshore sectors for management level deck officers. However, seafarer attrition rate reduced to 6 per cent from an earlier 8. Progress despite shortfall Labour shortage is explicitly ...