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World Mental Health day had the industry relook at seafarer well-being collectively Seafarers’ mental health became a collective effort among employers and crew in the eyes of the the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). No man left behind The ITF in its latest message called on all stakeholders to come together and recognise their collective responsibility in prioritising all workers’ ...

A market for crew change experts emerged Looking back, the maritime industry had its fair share of struggles from the pandemic. Overtly cautious authorities are not lifting their strict regulations for safety’s sake. For shipowners and charterers struggling to execute crew change, there is now a group of specialists who can make it happen. Effective network is key Dutch company, ...

Former seafarers banded together to campaign for a better future In a conference themed “Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future” for World Maritime Day, the speakers comprised only crew. All appealed for actions to enhance their future; addressing the crew change crisis, granting access to medical assistance, and most importantly vaccinations. Stop romanticising resilience “Romanticising resilience” was an interesting ...

Neptune Declaration’s October Indicator reflected something for the industry to smile about The latest findings from the October’s Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator showed a decrease in number of seafarers remaining onboard beyond their contracts; from 8.9 per cent down to 7.9. The percentile of seafarers onboard vessels for over 11 months had also decreased by 0.2 per cent to ...

Shipping giant salutes all seafarers for their relentless commitment to sustain world trade In a poignant note for World Maritime Day, John-Kaare Aune, Interim CEO of Wallem Group, urges an inclusive culture for the industry. He highlighted more can be done to make seafaring an attractive career to recruit talents. Wallem’s crew equally affected It is undeniable that seafarers were ...

It is now a collective call to address the humanitarian crisis Mark O’Neil from InterManager famously campaigned for greater collaboration between bodies that govern various facets of the industry to address its challenges. This time, bodies are banding together for a more persuasive attempt. A unified campaign A cohort comprising the world’s top trade organisations representing workers across various transport ...

Anglo-Eastern Univan Group blames port states’ non-cooperation for the crew change crisis In an emotionally-charged piece on LinkedIn, Bjørn Højgaard, CEO of the Hong Kong shipowner condemned the inaction towards the seafarers that kept our supply chains going. An act he called “unconscionable”. The missing outrage Incensed at the heinous treatment (towards seafarers) today, Højgaard criticised: “Since the pandemic, crewing ...

To date, the only “party” that barely moved is the administrations Members of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom met to address the plight of seafarers in conjunction with the London International Shipping Week. Regrettably, it is only the UK. Ignorance — a callous bliss The MPs called it “sea blindness”; referring to a lack of awareness among the public, ...

Manning agencies guilty of mistreating seafarers will be publicly blacklisted Manning agencies are now under International Transport Workers Federation’s (ITF) radar after several reports of mistreating seafarers. A Filipino agency is currently on the verge of being classed as “red” – best to avoid. What gets one red? Poor working conditions is one cardinal sin of seafarers’ welfare. ITF revealed ...

One’s urgency is not another’s emergency remains a persistent concern At the recently concluded Sea Asia 2021, various countries’ and stakeholders’ working together was lobby of the day. It was named as key to see significant improvements for seafarers. Just one voice On InterManager President’s terms, just one voice is needed to light a fire under some apathetic stakeholders. Mark ...