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India now battles a bizarre fallout between seafarers unions and the government A minister from India’s Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways recently claimed zero job loss at the parliament. However, a letter to another minister in the same body from the seafarer workers’ union alleged otherwise. A note not everyone knows Addressed specifically to Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the note ...

A Turkish captain finally gets to head home after a year in Egypt The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) stepped in again for a ship captain trapped onboard after the Egyptian shipowner abandoned its vessel in June 2020. Released only with ITF’s intervention Cpt Kara was stuck in Egypt for more than a year as a court-appointed legal guardian of ...

China fills the seafarers’ gap after Delta variant enters into India, Bangladesh and Indonesia  The industry watched India lose its position as a major seafarer supplier. Demand subsequently flowed to Bangladesh and Indonesia, albeit short-lived at the variant’s arrival. China now tops the seafarers’ supplier list. Vaccination is the buzzword Nations were scrambling to contain their outbreaks with lockdowns, border ...

Image Credits: https://www.seafarerswelfare.org/ Access to a full suite of resources onboard without internet connection now possible The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and The Shipowners’ Club jointly released a new app, ISWAN for Seafarers. It is to provide help to seafarers onboard – offering anything from latest information to a live chat with someone, even initiate a call ...

Waiting for months for available flights is one, paying them to wait is something else… The crew change crisis is not new and many activists along with maritime bodies are aggressively lobbying for vaccination to facilitate smooth transits. There are more losses to suffer when countries are in lockdown. Prolonged durations onboard The Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator for July ...

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 ...

Seafarers are displaced due to the country’s persistent vaccine shortage Various reports cited shipping firms are tapping into Bangladesh and China for crew as the latter nationalities have access to vaccines. That places India at a severe disadvantage for seafarers eager to return to work. Hard pressed for vaccines India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened up vaccinations to the country’s ...

David Heindel of International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) appeals for vaccine patent waiver In a poignant appeal, the Chair for Seafarers lobbied for governments to waive vaccine patents in spite of the latter’s role in incentivising drug makers. However, one cannot argue against Heindel’s takes on moral grounds. The dollars and sense battle For Heindel, Day of the Seafarer means ...

Filipino seafarer infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant makes it to full recovery A 44 year old Filipino seafarer from Capiz infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant has recovered, as confirmed by Joeffrey Espiritu, Development Management Officer of the Department of Health in Capiz. Fully recovered after quarantine The affected seafarer was tested positive on 6 June and quarantined till ...

25 June – Day of the Seafarer, is it just hot air? Those in seafaring will certainly hold this date in high regard. Would it be back to square one shortly after, being neglected and invisible because of national interests as it has always been? Talk versus action           Days to this date, several championing about more ...