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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’ ...

The maritime industry has another conundrum to deal with; vaccine-related insurance Nations with crippled supply chains were lobbying for vaccines to be extended to seafarers. Now that this is gradually in place, reports of side-effects had seafarers change their minds about getting vaccinated. This unfortunately complicates insurance for seafarers. Spotlight on seafarer insurance 13 P&I Clubs have collectively produced a ...

Crew change crisis ruled 2020’s maritime headlines, what can we expect for 2021? There are 4 more months to end of the year. Other than the pandemic’s chain of reactions impacting maritime, there is an aggressive petition making its rounds collecting signatures to push for improved seafarers’ treatment. All surrounded incidents point to the question of ethics. If one was ...

Grief comes first, followed by possible panic attacks He was someone whom the crew worked and horsed around with everyday. When the pandemic hit the globe, all made the decision to press on and complete the voyage. As fate would have it, the partner whom everyone collaborated closely with is suddenly gone. The spot where he once stood becomes an ...

The World Health Organisation (WHO) initiated a discussion on a second health treaty Official actions are to be discussed more than a year after the pandemic’s devastation, involving 194 member states. As this piece is published, India’s COVID-19 infections have passed 28 million. Is the world at large having an issue of crisis management or a management crisis? A treaty ...

Due Diligence Tool introduced to deter operators from compromising seafarers’ rights 200,000 seafarers are stranded currently, compared to 400,000 since September 2020. This is a stark reduction after various bodies’ actively campaigning for seafarers’ rights. However, caution is still needed to ensure the number does not bounce back to the horrifying peak last recorded. A new movement in place The ...

China was rejected once in late April, can the dispute wait for public health reasons now? India declined China’s invitation to join in the COVID-19 arsenal with other South Asian countries. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted a meeting with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka on the initiative. No reason was given on India’s absence, today is the ...

Asian shipowners are riled up and questioning the persistent case of crew change crisis Crew change crisis was seemingly all the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) could harp about. If this humanitarian crisis made its way into Asia, concrete actions are warranted. Instead, the rampant inaction resulted in more outrage stemming from fruitless intense advocacy. Highlighting the crisis Parties who attended ...

Images Credits: Safety4sea Repost: After its vow last month to provide vaccines to seafarers, InterManager has now managed to agree with Johnson & Johnson for 1m one-shot Covid-19 vaccine doses for seafarers. Frustrated by the lack of progress and slow pace of international efforts, InterManager had vowed to work separately to obtain much-needed Covid-19 vaccines to protect the world’s seafarers. “Global organisations ...

Tokyo MOU observed a drop in APAC port-state control inspections The Tokyo MOU is one of the most active regional Port State Control (PSC) organisations in the world. Authorities representing the organisation said that COVID-19 restrictions in force resulted in many inspectors unable to access the vessels. COVID-19 restrictions thwarted inspections Established in April 1994, the MOU provides an effective ...