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Tokyo MOU observed a drop in APAC port-state control inspections The Tokyo MOU is one of the most active regional Port State Control (PSC) organisations in the world. Authorities representing the organisation said that COVID-19 restrictions in force resulted in many inspectors unable to access the vessels. COVID-19 restrictions thwarted inspections Established in April 1994, the MOU provides an effective ...

Paddy Crumlin calls for protests after witnessing numerous casualties championing for safety ITF’s president, Paddy Crumlin urged collective efforts to defend fundamental human rights. “The ITF and its 20 million transport workers call on governments, employers and civil societies to respect our rights, end the persecution of trade unionists and protect our freedoms,” he asserted. Undeserved casualties Quoting a few ...

Image Credits: Sembcorp Marine Sembcorp Marine’s Q1 investor report reveals weak performances to continue from 2020 Pandemic related manpower constraints were cited as reasons behind the company’s shortage of skilled workers. Sembcorp added those who departed Singapore the past year are unable to return due to border restrictions – especially from India and Bangladesh. Surprisingly, the company also pointed Singapore’s ...

Different opinions about seafarers’ minimum wage remain unresolved The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) crossed swords with shipowners and unions over seafarers’ minimum wages, with fruitless results. All parties refused to back down on their conditions. Hard bargains from both sides During the two-day discussion conducted at the International Labour Organisation, the ITF sought a daily $1.40 wage increase from ...

Numerous reports of lost cargoes at sea are badly affecting the world supply chains, especially the retailers and manufacturers such as Amazon and Tesla. A wide array of reasons from bad weather and heavily stacked carriers are subjecting shipments to risks. However, the glaring situation of the exhausted crew remains neglected. Urgencies resulting in emergencies Pandemic-induced lockdowns and travel restrictions ...

Seafarers feel shore leave is a thing of the past In 2021’s Q1 report, findings from the Seafarers Happiness Index revealed shore leave score dropped to 5.25 compared to 5.53 in Q4 2020. Some seafarers were cynical about the idea especially when the vessel is shorthanded. What used to be a fundamental part of a seafarer’s life became pointless. In ...

Attracting the right talent for the maritime workforce may prove difficult if leadership is not ready to adopt new mindsets The recent Singapore Maritime Week 2021 concluded with a forum about effective workforce transformation. The forum panel comprised Nakul Malhotra from Wilhelmsen Ship Service, Melissa Kee from Kuok Singapore and Thomas Knudsen from Toll Group. Leverage technology and people Panel ...

UK-based shipbroker Gibson expects the Johan Sverdrup’s operation to propel tankers’ demand In their latest market report, Gibson observes the UK’s struggle in accustoming itself to post COVID-19; and expects the drastic change in daily functioning, operations and lifestyles to cause a sharp decline in oil demand. Oil demand to reset Gibson remarked, “We anticipate the demand for oil will ...

France’s Port Revel became a busy training facility after the Suez Canal disaster There are heightened interests in mastering “the art” of navigating narrow routes in France, for obvious reasons. The hype of astronomical compensation demands drove mariners to the Port Revel training facility to learn how to avoid similar episodes like the recent Suez Canal incident. Is this “skill” ...

ITF representatives confirmed Ever Given’s crew are in good spirits To date, the Ever Given and her crew remain at Suez Canal’s Great Bitter Lake till investigations conclude and a monetary settlement is reached. ITF’s representatives took the liberty to conduct a health and welfare check of the vessel’s crew. In good spirits and timely paid ITF’s checks revealed the ...