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Grief comes first, followed by possible panic attacks He was someone whom the crew worked and horsed around with everyday. When the pandemic hit the globe, all made the decision to press on and complete the voyage. As fate would have it, the partner whom everyone collaborated closely with is suddenly gone. The spot where he once stood becomes an ...

Chinese ports’ restrictions turned away over 200 ship repair jobs Apart from port congestion, China has had to contend with a recent drop in ship repair jobs. New infections onboard vessels led to a new series of protocols for shipowners and operators just to get a permit to bring their vessel needing repairs into Chinese ports. For convenience’s sake, it ...

Blatant disregard for seafarers out of control The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) revealed close to US$45 million of seafarers’ wages were recovered globally in 2020. Ship abandonment numbers also peaked at 85 last year – doubled from 40 in 2019. Maritime’s samaritans and rogues COVID-19 unmasked the samaritans and rogues in maritime. The samaritans used it to enhance their benefits ...

A strike can have dire consequences when launched for the wrong reasons A disturbing piece by Frank Coles (formerly from Wallem) surfaced online, questioning if a fortnight-long strike is needed to induce some improvements to life at sea. In a piece for Splash where Coles lamented about the way seafarers are treated, he was not pleased with how the International ...

The root of labour shortage in seafaring is man-made Shipping consultant Drewry warned about a possible officer shortage for the world’s commercial fleet in the coming years. Naturally, it would create a flurry of apprehension amongst manning agencies and ship managers concerning costs. However, is it really the case? Recognise the man-made issues Labour shortage has been loosely taken at ...

Indian seafarers received their single-dose vaccines at Florida ports Indian seafarers can heave a sigh of relief, especially those at sea now (ironically). 13 Indian crew onboard vessel Antigua Barbuda received their single-dose vaccine at Port Everglades in Florida. Corporate vaccination programme V Group recently confirmed its crew including 13 Indian seafarers onboard their vessel, Cabrera received Johnson & Johnson’s ...

Bangladeshis and Indonesians are next to be crew change casualties The current situation of Indian seafarers being sidelined for vaccinations and jobs is not expected to resolve in the near future. That leaves the Bangladeshis and Indonesians being the preferred nationalities for crew change, and possibly the next to suffer the same predicament working beyond contractual periods. Hike in extended ...

The World Health Organisation (WHO) initiated a discussion on a second health treaty Official actions are to be discussed more than a year after the pandemic’s devastation, involving 194 member states. As this piece is published, India’s COVID-19 infections have passed 28 million. Is the world at large having an issue of crisis management or a management crisis? A treaty ...

A Chinese importer’s goods withheld from allegations of forced labour onboard 32 vessels It is already tough to confirm the allegations about China using forced labour; given diplomats are denied entry to carry out investigations. Going by the theory of “innocent till proven guilty”, a Chinese fleet was ironically slapped with a ban on their import based on allegations of ...

Due Diligence Tool introduced to deter operators from compromising seafarers’ rights 200,000 seafarers are stranded currently, compared to 400,000 since September 2020. This is a stark reduction after various bodies’ actively campaigning for seafarers’ rights. However, caution is still needed to ensure the number does not bounce back to the horrifying peak last recorded. A new movement in place The ...