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There is a stark difference between low morale while swarmed and bored As a seafarer: if you need to make a choice between fatigue and mental distress, which would you choose? Though it is natural to refuse both, there is something new, called boredom. Not busy, just bored silly Shipowners, charterers and employers now have something new to worry about. ...

Not a morsel of remorse shown for their heinous acts Late September, a Filipino manning agent was under investigations for mistreating and underpaying their crew. The findings are now concluded and the company made its grand entrance into the International Transport Workers Federation’s (ITF) Hall of Shame. Amplified notoriety after new allegations Reports of seafarer mistreatment surfaced last September and ...

German shipowner turns to Korea for new generation of seafarers Hamburg-based BSM inked an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technologies (KIMFT), a maritime education and research institute run by the South Korean government. Potential pool of talents in Korea Under the “Global Employment Project for Young Korean Seafarers” programme, both BSM and KIMFT ...

It might be too late when it reaches the point of total disengagement In Psychology Professor Andy Smith’s view, chronic fatigue leads to a chain of events called “the strain disengagement spiral”. While fatigue can be cushioned by compensated high-performance, benefits are only temporal. Beyond sleep deprivation Prof Smith from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom recently conducted a research ...

Start by identifying the problem before it explodes into something with substantial damages The American Club reported an incident where a fire onboard one cargo vessel resulted in some US$85,000 worth of losses. It began with the alarm going off, assuming it was a non-starter. If further actions were taken there and then, the losses would have been lesser. An ...

A ship master attacked an inspector onboard for verifying allegations of non-compliance An inspector was deployed to conduct investigations onboard a vessel for allegations of non-compliance, only to be assaulted by the ship master. Minimal details of the involved parties were disclosed. No business in violence The ship was allegedly not complying with safety regulations, having irregularities in crew payment ...

Seafarers’ health is of paramount importance for manpower sustainability Crew health typically encompasses both the physical and mental aspects. If employers take a step further, it involves other facets. One of the forgotten ones is building an inclusive culture – offering a sense of belonging to every team member. Holistic view of seafarers’ health Employers would be gravely wrong to ...

Governments urged to lift vaccine intellectual property (IP) restrictions through an open letter 376 trade unions penned an appeal to governments opposing vaccine IP restrictions for the sake of supply chain survival and world trade. The cohort wrote to leaders from the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, and EU Commission demanding a lift of the IP waiver curb for COVID-19 vaccines, ...

3 organisations developed the Code to improve crew’s welfare through employers’ efforts Seafarers’ welfare is a hot button topic even before the pandemic. Various activists, seafarer-turned lobbyists, crew, and shipowners voiced out that more should be done. The only missing piece is still governments’ intervention, if anyone is serious about improving crew’s welfare. Missing pieces remain The organisations namely: Institute ...

Never too late to give credit where it is due, even if the day was on 5 October 2021 Pakistan’s National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) organised a webinar to honour seafarers, and raise awareness for their vital roles in sustaining world trade. The session included recommendations to improve the country’s maritime industry, plus extended benefits to crew along with ...