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Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime News Repost: The Seafarers International Relief Fund (SIRF) and the Ukraine Charity Co-ordination Group have launched a survey on what more needs to be done for seafarer impacted by war in Ukraine. SIRF has raised over $400,000 since March this year with an appeal to support seafarers and their families. SIRF has delivered aid in the form ...

Repost: The latest Indicator shows that the number of seafarers onboard vessels beyond the expiry of their contract has decreased slightly to 4.2% from 4.3% in the last month, while the number of seafarers onboard vessels for over 11 months has remained stable at 0.3%. For the eighth consecutive month, we observe little change in the numbers reported, as we ...

Image Credits: The Maritime Executive Repost: Armed pirates struck another platform operated by Pemex last week, forcing the crew to help them cart off stolen goods before departing again. A group of 10 armed robbers boarded a platform at the Rebombeo pumping complex in the Bay of Campeche last Tuesday evening, workers told local media. The attackers stayed for about ...

Image Credits: Maritime Executive Repost: We are going through an era of seismic change in our industry. We are thankfully emerging from the global pandemic, but crewing remains pressured by ongoing Covid disruption and the new challenges of the conflict in Ukraine. Both have taken their toll on our seafarers and those that support and rely on them ashore. Digitization ...

Image Credits: Hellenic Shipping News The shipping industry is facing its own version of ‘long COVID’ says INTERCARGO, following warnings received from members. “Seafarers worldwide continue to face major issues with crew change, port entry and changing vaccination requirements,” says Dimitrios Fafalios, Chairman of INTERCARGO. “New waves of infection continue to affect ports, and once again we are seeing local ...

Image Credits: Maritime Executive Repost: Armed pirates boarded an offshore vessel near an oil field off Tabasco, Mexico last weekend, making off with thousands of dollars worth of equipment. The offshore construction support vessel Crest Tarasco was operating near the Hokchi field off Dos Bocas, Tabasco. At about 2300 hours on Sunday, a boat with an outboard motor approached, and a group ...

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 ...