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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 ...

Shipping firms be prepared to pay between 10 and 20 per cent more for crew European crewing agent Danica is feeling the heat. The demand surge for vaccinated seafarers surfaced in Eastern Europe for their abundant vaccine supply. Uneven vaccine availabilities Indian seafarers are victims of shipping firms’ shift in hiring preference. The latter’s caution in having vaccinated crew resulted ...

Grief comes first, followed by possible panic attacks He was someone whom the crew worked and horsed around with everyday. When the pandemic hit the globe, all made the decision to press on and complete the voyage. As fate would have it, the partner whom everyone collaborated closely with is suddenly gone. The spot where he once stood becomes an ...

Repost: The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) has compiled information on COVID-19 vaccine availability for foreign seafarers in United States ports. The list is available on the NAMMA website here: https://namma.org/vaccines/. The list is shared to assist all the ongoing efforts of local seafarers’ welfare agencies, government bodies, health care providers, industry and labour partners who are working together ...

Seafarers feel shore leave is a thing of the past In 2021’s Q1 report, findings from the Seafarers Happiness Index revealed shore leave score dropped to 5.25 compared to 5.53 in Q4 2020. Some seafarers were cynical about the idea especially when the vessel is shorthanded. What used to be a fundamental part of a seafarer’s life became pointless. In ...

Hotel redevelopment tender for 15-storey Maritime House launched. Image Credits: The Straits Times/ST Photo: Jason Quah The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched a redevelopment tender to reconstruct the Maritime House – commonly known as a hotel exclusively for seafarers transiting through Singapore. One-stop venue for maritime training and exchange The Maritime House was home to the former ...

With heavy workloads to deal with, maintaining one’s health and fitness can be a challenge Studies revealed that offshore workers’ weight ballooned regularly by 20 per cent over the past 30 years. Another study showed up to 75 per cent of Danish seafarers are overweight. Data from ship managers suggests that as many as 10 per cent of Filipino seafarers ...

Offering higher education to crew onboard will enhance overall well-being Seafarers are known to deal with heavy workloads onboard and some can hardly afford rest times. Much has been said about ways to improve their well-being. However, employers are encouraged to look beyond short courses to facilitate upskilling. Investing in long-term upskilling To date, the most common way to keep ...

Though the number of repatriations halved from September 2020, a rebound remains possible International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Secretary-general Kitack Lim warned the crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 remains far from over. He quoted an analysis revealing a decline in number of seafarers needing repatriation to 200,000 as at March 2021, from 400,000 in September 2020. Unfortunately, a large number ...