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Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) under fire for shortchanging seafarers Activist Frank Coles’ prior rallying for a strike to provoke some positive actions to benefit seafarers failed. When HMM’s team declared its decision for a real one laden with a threat to leave for Swiss competitor, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), it drove the point home on the severity of seafarers’ plights. ...

Seafarers may soon look to major cargo owners for opportunities In June, major cargo owner Home Depot chartered its own vessel designated for shipments. Another big retailer, Walmart has decided to follow suit to mitigate potential losses from shipowners’ loadings and port bottlenecks. Acquiring own ships With bottlenecks threatening world trade, cargo owners were either compelled to accept the surcharges, ...

Launched in May 2021, it took only 3 months to surpass $1 million target Seafarers and their families affected by the pandemic can look forward to financial assistance from the Seafarers International Relief Fund (SIRF), which has raised more than $1 million to date. The community banded together Catalysed by the COVID-19 devastation sweeping India, several seafarer welfare charities, including ...

Do the seafarers a favour, do not ask for one China’s latest series of port issues causing more delays has gotten the industry wondering if the pandemic is going to remain till at least H1 2022. Almost every observer is wondering how would China wind up after going through several trials. Everything but the team Typhoons struck, port staff tested ...

Honouring maritime’s resilience against adversity yet overlooking seafarers’ efforts amounts to hot air In the face of COVID-19 None of us are strangers to COVID-19’s devastation. From the crew change crisis to delayed shipments’ resulting in massive inflation, cargo owners are now struggling with their business cash flows from the carriers’ surcharges. Objections were met with a wide array of ...

The industry is alarmed at the low vaccine rate, yet misses an important component Neptune Declaration’s Crew Change Indicator reflected only 15.3 per cent of seafarers are vaccinated, and anticipated the crew change crisis to continue. However, there are no actions taken to ensure seafarers are suitable for the vaccines. Split about vaccines It is heartening to know that some ...

New infectious diseases clauses to be announced in November 2021 in light of the pandemic The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), one of the largest of the international shipping associations representing shipowners announced an impending review of its Infectious or Contagious Diseases (IOCD) clauses to address pandemic-related concerns. A balancing act for ships and crew Originally developed in 2015 due to Ebola, the ...

Frank Coles, former CEO of Transas and Wallem Group / Image Credits: gCaptain Frank Coles turns to sarcasm after prior lobbying for some action through a strike failed In June, the former seafarer asked out loud if the industry needs a strike for some reasonable actions to improve crew’s welfare. The campaign did not work. Coles now turns to sarcasm, ...

A notorious country known for seafarer abandonment gets its acts together UAE is known for high rates of seafarer abandonment despite being one of International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) member states. After being called out, the country proves its compliance by making it official. Supporting Our Blue Army UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure launched the ‘Supporting our Blue Army’ initiative ...

Image Credits: ITF Seafarers The grim labour market has resulted in desperate seafarers falling prey to scammer agents The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has launched a new web tool to help seafarers avoid fraudulent agents. ITFShipBeSure is a new initiative to protect seafarers’ interests; ensuring they have sufficient resources to make informed decisions before signing the contract. Knowledge is ...