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Image Credits: Splash 247 Repost: A new report published by sat comm giant Inmarsat in association with UK consultancy Thetius makes clear the worries many in shipping have about job security in the digital age. The 41-page report carries the views of a widespread range of personnel involved in shipping, both ashore and at sea. In a standout finding, the ...

Image Credits: UN News Repost: The United Nations has underlined its support for the men and women working at sea, whose immeasurable contributions help to keep global trade moving. Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted both their critical role, as well as the challenges they face, In his message to mark the Day of the Seafarer on Saturday. “The world counts on seafarers,” he ...

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: Splash 247 Repost: Shanghai will go into partial lockdown this weekend after six new cases were found in China’s largest city, home to the world’s largest container port. New lockdown restrictions have been imposed on seven districts with millions of people set for mass covid testing, shortly after China’s financial hub reopened after more than a two-month shutdown. ...

Image Credits: Seatrade Maritime News Repost: Ship inspection company Idwal has added questions on crew welfare to its vessel surveys in a bid to improve conditions for crews. Idwal Senior Marine Surveyor Thom Herbert told Seatrade Maritime News that as a former seafarer, the inclusion of crew welfare-related questions in Idwal’s inspections was a passion project of his. In total, ...

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 ...