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Image Credits: https://www.seafarerswelfare.org/ Access to a full suite of resources onboard without internet connection now possible The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and The Shipowners’ Club jointly released a new app, ISWAN for Seafarers. It is to provide help to seafarers onboard – offering anything from latest information to a live chat with someone, even initiate a call ...

Waiting for months for available flights is one, paying them to wait is something else… The crew change crisis is not new and many activists along with maritime bodies are aggressively lobbying for vaccination to facilitate smooth transits. There are more losses to suffer when countries are in lockdown. Prolonged durations onboard The Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator for July ...

Shipping firms be prepared to pay between 10 and 20 per cent more for crew European crewing agent Danica is feeling the heat. The demand surge for vaccinated seafarers surfaced in Eastern Europe for their abundant vaccine supply. Uneven vaccine availabilities Indian seafarers are victims of shipping firms’ shift in hiring preference. The latter’s caution in having vaccinated crew resulted ...

Seafarers are displaced due to the country’s persistent vaccine shortage Various reports cited shipping firms are tapping into Bangladesh and China for crew as the latter nationalities have access to vaccines. That places India at a severe disadvantage for seafarers eager to return to work. Hard pressed for vaccines India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened up vaccinations to the country’s ...

David Heindel of International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) appeals for vaccine patent waiver In a poignant appeal, the Chair for Seafarers lobbied for governments to waive vaccine patents in spite of the latter’s role in incentivising drug makers. However, one cannot argue against Heindel’s takes on moral grounds. The dollars and sense battle For Heindel, Day of the Seafarer means ...

Filipino seafarer infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant makes it to full recovery A 44 year old Filipino seafarer from Capiz infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant has recovered, as confirmed by Joeffrey Espiritu, Development Management Officer of the Department of Health in Capiz. Fully recovered after quarantine The affected seafarer was tested positive on 6 June and quarantined till ...

Mark O’Neil, President of InterManager, explains the important role of ship managers today  With 90 per cent of all crew hired by ship managers, Neil highlighted the latter should ramp up its participation in improving seafarers’ well-being – beginning with crew change and vaccination. Maritime is a resilient sector Labelling maritime a resilient industry, Neil observed zero complacencies. He however ...

A newly launched course to teach seafarers how to protect themselves from catching the virus A well-being-themed programme launched by OneLearn Global, the “Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Shipboard Personnel” course is both interactive and visually striking. It covers topics ranging from cleaning and disinfecting the ship, to dealing with port calls in affected areas. It also aims to familiarise seafarers ...

To date, Argentina only inoculated close to 19 per cent of the country’s population The percentile is computed by a record 16.8 million administered doses – on the basis of 2 shots. However, seafarers chose to demand inoculation with a strike, just to keep working. Vaccine rollouts can be quicker A group of 9 Argentine port worker unions planned a ...

Alertness is the pre-requisite to maritime safety A recent rescue of a man who fell off a pier proved any crew could be a Samaritan. All it takes was to be alert – within and outside of the vessel. Coldwater rescue A man was pulled out of the 13°C water after being spotted by an attentive crew onboard a Hapag-Lloyd ...