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All that could be said (to date) about the Ever Given crew is “relaxed but apprehensive” The world is waiting to conclude involving the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), shipowner Shoei Kisen Kaisha, ship operator Evergreen Marine Corp, and UK’s P&I Club. The biggest wrench was the Club’s questioning about SCA’s claim of over $900 million. No payment has been made ...

The UK Border force granted exemption for the captain and shipmaster to return to the UK Singapore-based Thome Ship Management reached out to the ITF for a crew change intervention involving an exhausted captain onboard a tanker. He is said to have been onboard for more than two months after his contract expiry. Successful crew change after ITF’s intercession Marshall ...

Key negotiations involving wages and conditions for seafarers postponed again Unions and employers, the parties in the IBF, originally scheduled to meet in 2020 to agree uplifting seafarer wages for 2021-2022. The meeting was initially scheduled for March 2020, but the onset of the COVID-19 led to an agreed deferment of the talks until July 2020. International Transport Workers’ Federation ...

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) released two crew members from Ever Given Despite the ongoing complex investigations to establish the causes of Ever Given’s stranding which could possibly stretch across weeks, SCA has not placed the crew’s welfare in the backburner. Crew’s welfare remains important The Ever Given was freed on 29 March 2021. However, it is withheld at one ...

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) stresses importance of COVID-19 test results’ detection A recent incident in Manila involving a ship manager’s resuming voyage after overlooking an individual’s positive COVID-19 test result wound up with a whopping US$175,000 liability. An expensive overlook The ship manager’s appointed agent carried out the crew change. However, a positive COVID-19 test result fell through ...

Hotel redevelopment tender for 15-storey Maritime House launched. Image Credits: The Straits Times/ST Photo: Jason Quah The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched a redevelopment tender to reconstruct the Maritime House – commonly known as a hotel exclusively for seafarers transiting through Singapore. One-stop venue for maritime training and exchange The Maritime House was home to the former ...

With heavy workloads to deal with, maintaining one’s health and fitness can be a challenge Studies revealed that offshore workers’ weight ballooned regularly by 20 per cent over the past 30 years. Another study showed up to 75 per cent of Danish seafarers are overweight. Data from ship managers suggests that as many as 10 per cent of Filipino seafarers ...

Offering higher education to crew onboard will enhance overall well-being Seafarers are known to deal with heavy workloads onboard and some can hardly afford rest times. Much has been said about ways to improve their well-being. However, employers are encouraged to look beyond short courses to facilitate upskilling. Investing in long-term upskilling To date, the most common way to keep ...

Though traffic resumed at the Canal, the Ever Given remains stuck, along with her crew The Ever Given was freed on 29 March 2021, much to the affected vessels’ delight. However, it is withheld at one of the canal’s holding lakes, where investigations are in progress. All 25 Indian crew are to remain onboard during investigations. It is anybody’s guess ...

Egypt’s first female captain was blamed for the Suez Canal blockage, but she was not onboard the Ever Given Being accused of something one did not do can damage both the victim’s reputation and well-being. This can be intense especially in countries where gender inequality is prevalent. Egypt ranks 134 of the list 153 list according to 2020’s Global Gender ...