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Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime Repost: China is loosening quarantine restrictions overseas for Chinese national crews returning home at the end of their contracts. According to notices from several Chinese Embassies Chinese ship seafarers will no longer need to serve 14-days quarantine before heading back to China from a number of countries in Europe, Asia and Middle East. The latest places ...

Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime Repost: Seafaring has sometimes been described as a “frontier activity” with all sorts of hazards that are not normally encountered in shore-side employment. Ships trade to places where the rule of law is tenuous, while the modern practice of ship registry and brass plate ownership, despite international treaties and conventions, often make the seafarer’s place and ...

With the continuation of lockdown within the Chinese financial hub Shanghai, the maritime industry’s worst fears have been realized According to Bloomberg shipping data, as of 11 April, there were a total of 477 vessels waiting to enter China at various ports, such as the port of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Rizhao, Dongjiakou and Qingdao. Taking a peek at the vessel tracker, ...

Hong Kong-headquartered dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin has decided to go digital in helping their seafarers upgrade themselves It is no question that seafarers need to constantly upgrade their skills to keep up with rapidly changing technologies and maintain their competitiveness. With a roster of 4,600 seafarers, Pacific Basin Shipping saw importance in supporting their employees and their business ...

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Subcommittee on Human Factors, Training and Watchkeeping’s eight meeting took place in February in virtual mode. The Panamanian delegation was headed by Rafael Cigarruista, Director General of Merchant Marine and Luis Bernal, Panama’s Ambassador to the IMO. Member States of the International Maritime Organization, associate members, representatives of programs, specialized agencies, other United Nations entities ...

Synergy Group ties up with maritime training pioneer Seably to provide training for its seafarers One of the world’s leading ship management companies, the Synergy Group, has joined hands with online marketplace provider Seably to provide digital maritime training for its seafarers. The international group, which is headquartered in Singapore, employs more than 18,000 seafarers around the world and manages ...

Employment and skills challenges in the European maritime transport and services sector was discussed at the La Rochelle Maritime Symposium on 9 February 2022 Kitack Lim, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Secretary-General, addressed the symposium with an overview of the current predicament of the maritime industry. He also stressed the need for the maritime industry to retain the human element, ...

International vaccine acceptance is essential to sustain world supply chains It was heartening to know more seafarers were vaccinated as per the latest Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator. However, the difference in vaccines administered despite all were World Health Organisation (WHO) approved remains a big hindrance to world trade. Facilitating smoother operations While the Indicator reflected significant rise in seafarers’ ...

Skills upgrading must be continual and more could be done to improve online training deliveries Seafarer training was a hot button topic at the recent CrewConnect Global Virtual Week, where industry professionals examined the need re-look at delivery modes. It turned out that online trainers also needed some polishing to be as effective as teaching in the classroom. A new ...

Intercession by seaman association on making this annuity permanent In August 2021, the Government of Goa launched The Goa Welfare / Pension Scheme for Seafarers to provide financial assistance in the form of gross pension. Unfortunately, not many applicants managed to get the funds. More thorough approach This pension scheme was formulated to provide financial assistance of Rs. 2,500 (US$34) ...