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Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime Repost: China is loosening quarantine restrictions overseas for Chinese national crews returning home at the end of their contracts. According to notices from several Chinese Embassies Chinese ship seafarers will no longer need to serve 14-days quarantine before heading back to China from a number of countries in Europe, Asia and Middle East. The latest places ...

Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime Repost: Seafaring has sometimes been described as a “frontier activity” with all sorts of hazards that are not normally encountered in shore-side employment. Ships trade to places where the rule of law is tenuous, while the modern practice of ship registry and brass plate ownership, despite international treaties and conventions, often make the seafarer’s place and ...

Image Credits: Maritime Executive Repost: In the latest meeting of the Maritime Labor Convention’s Special Tripartite Committee (STC), delegates agreed to create a right to connectivity for seafarers, including internet access. Satellite internet has provided seafarers with the ability to keep in touch with loved ones and stay abreast of happenings in the rest of the world, with a richer ...

Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime Repost: Ahead of the debut Global Maritime Club Summit, Seatrade Maritime News spoke to panellists for their views on how the industry can improve and standardise conditions for seafarers and prepare for the industry of the future. John McDonald, Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer, ABS said that the maritime industry needs to recognise the huge ...

Seafarers are especially prone to rusty social skills after being away for too long Crew only had their colleagues day and night onboard. It is inevitable to be climatised to the workplace environment to the point of forgetting how to reintegrate into the community after signing off. However, being back (at home) need not be a daunting experience. Tips to ...

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced the repatriation of 600 i-Kiribati seafarers The ordeal of 600 stranded seafarers finally came to an end with the intervention of the ICS. The final six returned home on 9 May 2022, marking the end of a two-year repatriation effort led by a coalition of employers, unions and non-governmental organisation (NGO) working with ...

It used to be a highly sought-after benefit; it is now something the crew hesitates to utilise Despite being an entitlement, the fear of contracting COVID-19 onshore instead became a risk few seafarers are willing to take. Should the virus be detected onboard, the vessel will have trouble calling at the next port. Appeal for empathy Australia’s ABC News quoted ...

While vaccination rates have improved, crew change issues persist in some countries The latest Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator revealed improvements for seafarers despite being caught in the cocktail of vaccination conundrums – several variants and immunity efficacy. Significant improvements in vaccines May 2022’s Indicator revealed that the aggregate percentage of seafarers from the sample who have been vaccinated has ...

Vessels were reportedly advised to turn off their tracking devices for security reasons Ever since the conflict started, the people supporting the backbone of trade are collateral damage. It is fair to say seafarers are counting their days as they approach Ukrainian ports – experiencing the unspeakable anxiety onboard. Seafarer rescue efforts The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) reported just ...

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index data revealed morale and mood onboard hit an all-time low Its findings for Q1 2022 saw rising tides of issues amongst crew onboard against the backdrop of the Russian-Ukraine conflict. Strained relationships between crew of both nationalities were worrying. Estrangement compromising safety The index showed the overall happiness average plunged to 5.85 from 6.41 compared ...