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Lack of inclusivity is every employer’s Achilles heel that thwarts forming a well-balanced team Equipment shortage from COVID-19 is expected to ripple its way till 2023. Employers who wish to augment their crew size to address the upward demand forecasted in the next years must be ready to foster a sense of inclusivity in their team. That sense of belonging ...

Crew’s involvement is instrumental in achieving climate targets The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) flagged the importance of seafarers’ knowledge in the industry’s journey to achieve climate targets. Seafarers’ role in climate targets Achieving climate targets would certainly include seafarers’ contributions – specially on the bunkering part. In its position paper released ahead of the COP26 summit, the ITF said ...

Benefits like shore leave and internet connectivity decide if seafarers sign up The Seafarers Happiness Index report for Q3 2021 revealed employers overlooked 2 major benefits which are pivotal to new crew’s coming onboard. Frugality never encouraged The report produced by The Mission to Seafarers supported by Wallem Group and the Standard Club, highlighted happiness levels increased to 6.59/10, from ...

The ugliness of vaccine prejudice crystallises It was said that seafarers were not vaccinated quickly enough due to supply issues. Maritime employers’ vaccine initiatives could not keep up with the demand as well. Industry observers were anticipating the final destination for the un-vaccinated is unemployment. The dilemma about vaccinations Mixed opinions about seafarers getting vaccinated saturated the web. While no ...

Not a morsel of remorse shown for their heinous acts Late September, a Filipino manning agent was under investigations for mistreating and underpaying their crew. The findings are now concluded and the company made its grand entrance into the International Transport Workers Federation’s (ITF) Hall of Shame. Amplified notoriety after new allegations Reports of seafarer mistreatment surfaced last September and ...

It might be too late when it reaches the point of total disengagement In Psychology Professor Andy Smith’s view, chronic fatigue leads to a chain of events called “the strain disengagement spiral”. While fatigue can be cushioned by compensated high-performance, benefits are only temporal. Beyond sleep deprivation Prof Smith from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom recently conducted a research ...

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 ...

One’s urgency is not another’s emergency remains a persistent concern At the recently concluded Sea Asia 2021, various countries’ and stakeholders’ working together was lobby of the day. It was named as key to see significant improvements for seafarers. Just one voice On InterManager President’s terms, just one voice is needed to light a fire under some apathetic stakeholders. Mark ...

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM)’s recent great resignation was MSC’s jackpot All it took was HMM’s human resource secrets to be exposed and convince more than 300 seafarers to part ways with their employer. They were said to be leaving for a competitor who was willing to invest in them. Why seafarers jumped ship As the saying goes, “people do not ...

One unlinked case caused a 6-day operation pause Ningbo-Zhoushan in eastern China is the world’s third-busiest cargo port. On 11 August 2021, it suspended operations till further notice. However, no further word was given about the seafarers who called on it. Originated from external sources According to authorities in East China’s Zhejiang Province, investigations revealed the asymptomatic Ningbo port worker ...