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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 ...

While it is worth noting experts are divided, the respondents are “activists” SAFETY4SEA’s SeaSense association with the North P&I Club, asked experts a known million-dollar question. The twist is these experts are from non-commercial entities. More noes to be honest Specifically, the question was “Has the pandemic led to a greater recognition by the general public of the work and ...

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 ...

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 ...

International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Secretary-General calls for fairness #FairFuture4Seafarers is the theme for IMO’s 2021 campaign, championing the act of honouring and respecting the rights of seafarers. Secretary-General Kitack Lim rallied for the world’s appreciation for the people sustaining global trade. Fairness for seafarers In an appeal video, Lim highlighted the importance of this group of unsung heroes – responsible ...

Unreasonable price hikes are showing up in seafarers’ repatriation Strict border restrictions have caused some airlines to pause flights. Those who continue to operate unfortunately took the chance to hike prices. Is this another case of ethics during a crisis? Unethical profiteering on the rise? Much has been said about carriers imposing loadings on top of their unreasonably hiked rates. ...

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 ...