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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

It is now a collective call to address the humanitarian crisis Mark O’Neil from InterManager famously campaigned for greater collaboration between bodies that govern various facets of the industry to address its challenges. This time, bodies are banding together for a more persuasive attempt. A unified campaign A cohort comprising the world’s top trade organisations representing workers across various transport ...

Anglo-Eastern Univan Group blames port states’ non-cooperation for the crew change crisis In an emotionally-charged piece on LinkedIn, Bjørn Højgaard, CEO of the Hong Kong shipowner condemned the inaction towards the seafarers that kept our supply chains going. An act he called “unconscionable”. The missing outrage Incensed at the heinous treatment (towards seafarers) today, Højgaard criticised: “Since the pandemic, crewing ...

To date, the only “party” that barely moved is the administrations Members of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom met to address the plight of seafarers in conjunction with the London International Shipping Week. Regrettably, it is only the UK. Ignorance — a callous bliss The MPs called it “sea blindness”; referring to a lack of awareness among the public, ...

Manning agencies guilty of mistreating seafarers will be publicly blacklisted Manning agencies are now under International Transport Workers Federation’s (ITF) radar after several reports of mistreating seafarers. A Filipino agency is currently on the verge of being classed as “red” – best to avoid. What gets one red? Poor working conditions is one cardinal sin of seafarers’ welfare. ITF revealed ...

Connectivity took centrestage (again) at the London International Shipping Week (LISW) In a seminar, Nick Chubb of research firm, Thetius said, “’Technology cannot solve shipping welfare issues, it can only amplify the good and the bad. As a key saying goes ‘the future is here, it is just not evenly distributed’.” Connectivity – a new old topic At the Meeting ...

The industry would need to deal with many layers before it materialises Vaccination for seafarers requires substantial collective efforts to ensure crew receive their jabs, and able to produce authentic evidence as an added assurance for border entries. Vaccination as a new norm Every seafarer is encouraged to be inoculated to keep their jobs. This is what the global seafarer ...