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Image Credit: Safety4sea Repost: Chennai Port has agreed to grant Indian seafarers shore leave, provided they adhere to basic protocols of undergoing dual vaccination and wearing masks. The decision was taken after port authorities held a meeting, highlighting the plight of the sailors. Seafarers of foreign vessels, however, would not be granted shore leave. This comes after the Directorate General ...

Image Credit: Maritime Fairtrade Repost: Many Filipinos dream of becoming seafarers. Hiring companies make it a point to highlight not only the economic benefits but also the chance to travel all over the world. The popular image of a seafarer is one of a healthy, clean-uniformed individual who gets to travel around the world meeting interesting people and being in ...

Image Credit: Safety4sea Repost: During 2021, union ship inspectors recovered more than USD $37 million in unpaid wages owed to seafarers, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has revealed. The ITF’s 125 inspectors and coordinators completed 7,265 inspections in 2021 to support thousands of seafarers with wage claims and repatriation cases. “It’s not uncommon for crew to be paid the ...

Image Credit: Maritime Executive Repost: Indonesia crew members working on a small cargo ship stranded onboard for nearly six months have taken to painting messages on the hull of their vessel in hopes of gaining support and the attention of local aid organizations in Taiwan. It is the latest story of crew abandonment by a marginal ship owner leaving crews ...

Image Credit: Seatrade Maritime News Repost: The latest Seafarer Happiness Index showed an increase in Q2 2022, recovering from the all-time low of Q1 2022. Happiness rose across all categories, leading to an overall increase to 7.2/10 from 5.85 in Q1. Much of the lift in the latest report seems to stem from the easing of constraints on seafarers related ...

Image Credits: Safety4sea Repost: A new animation video by Seafarers’ International Research Centre (SIRC), Cardiff University, aims to highlight the consequences of poor accommodation for seafarers and for the recruitment and retention of high quality personnel in the cargo sector. Through the story of Freddie the engine cadet’s first experience of a vessel, this animation brings SIRC findings on the design of ...

Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime News Repost: The UK Government released its Wellbeing at Sea Tool alongside a report into seafarer suicide and mental health. The report Suicide and Seafarers is the result of 20 interviews carried by Ipsos on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Department for Transport (Dft) in March and April 2022 with shipping company ...

Image Credits: Splash 247 Repost: A new report published by sat comm giant Inmarsat in association with UK consultancy Thetius makes clear the worries many in shipping have about job security in the digital age. The 41-page report carries the views of a widespread range of personnel involved in shipping, both ashore and at sea. In a standout finding, the ...

Image Credits: Splash 247 Repost: Shanghai will go into partial lockdown this weekend after six new cases were found in China’s largest city, home to the world’s largest container port. New lockdown restrictions have been imposed on seven districts with millions of people set for mass covid testing, shortly after China’s financial hub reopened after more than a two-month shutdown. ...

Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime News Repost: Ship inspection company Idwal has added questions on crew welfare to its vessel surveys in a bid to improve conditions for crews. Idwal Senior Marine Surveyor Thom Herbert told Seatrade Maritime News that as a former seafarer, the inclusion of crew welfare-related questions in Idwal’s inspections was a passion project of his. In total, ...