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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 ...

While it is worth noting experts are divided, the respondents are “activists” SAFETY4SEA’s SeaSense association with the North P&I Club, asked experts a known million-dollar question. The twist is these experts are from non-commercial entities. More noes to be honest Specifically, the question was “Has the pandemic led to a greater recognition by the general public of the work and ...

The crew remains in custody as prosecution witnesses wherever needed One year has passed and no updates were released. Holding the crew in custody as prosecution witnesses does not cut it as far as The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is concerned. Detained without charge David Heindel, ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair certainly did not take this well. “This week marks ...

The spotlight is now on legal counsels who only serve corporate clients The crew onboard MV Angelic Power for 17 months have finally been repatriated after a lengthy legal battle in the Chinese courts. The crux of this saga was the fact the stranded seafarers were reduced to hire their own counsels. This struck a raw nerve with the International ...

India now battles a bizarre fallout between seafarers unions and the government A minister from India’s Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways recently claimed zero job loss at the parliament. However, a letter to another minister in the same body from the seafarer workers’ union alleged otherwise. A note not everyone knows Addressed specifically to Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the note ...

A Turkish captain finally gets to head home after a year in Egypt The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) stepped in again for a ship captain trapped onboard after the Egyptian shipowner abandoned its vessel in June 2020. Released only with ITF’s intervention Cpt Kara was stuck in Egypt for more than a year as a court-appointed legal guardian of ...

China fills the seafarers’ gap after Delta variant enters into India, Bangladesh and Indonesia  The industry watched India lose its position as a major seafarer supplier. Demand subsequently flowed to Bangladesh and Indonesia, albeit short-lived at the variant’s arrival. China now tops the seafarers’ supplier list. Vaccination is the buzzword Nations were scrambling to contain their outbreaks with lockdowns, border ...

Image Credits: https://www.seafarerswelfare.org/ Access to a full suite of resources onboard without internet connection now possible The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and The Shipowners’ Club jointly released a new app, ISWAN for Seafarers. It is to provide help to seafarers onboard – offering anything from latest information to a live chat with someone, even initiate a call ...

Waiting for months for available flights is one, paying them to wait is something else… The crew change crisis is not new and many activists along with maritime bodies are aggressively lobbying for vaccination to facilitate smooth transits. There are more losses to suffer when countries are in lockdown. Prolonged durations onboard The Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator for July ...

Shipping firms be prepared to pay between 10 and 20 per cent more for crew European crewing agent Danica is feeling the heat. The demand surge for vaccinated seafarers surfaced in Eastern Europe for their abundant vaccine supply. Uneven vaccine availabilities Indian seafarers are victims of shipping firms’ shift in hiring preference. The latter’s caution in having vaccinated crew resulted ...