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Reduced seafarers’ turnover observed, but more can be done A report by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) reflected a shortage of experienced officers at management level, and in the tanker and offshore sectors for management level deck officers. However, seafarer attrition rate reduced to 6 per cent from an earlier 8. Progress despite shortfall Labour shortage is explicitly ...

The crew remains in custody as prosecution witnesses wherever needed One year has passed and no updates were released. Holding the crew in custody as prosecution witnesses does not cut it as far as The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is concerned. Detained without charge David Heindel, ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair certainly did not take this well. “This week marks ...

The spotlight is now on legal counsels who only serve corporate clients The crew onboard MV Angelic Power for 17 months have finally been repatriated after a lengthy legal battle in the Chinese courts. The crux of this saga was the fact the stranded seafarers were reduced to hire their own counsels. This struck a raw nerve with the International ...

Images Credits: Safety4sea Repost: After its vow last month to provide vaccines to seafarers, InterManager has now managed to agree with Johnson & Johnson for 1m one-shot Covid-19 vaccine doses for seafarers. Frustrated by the lack of progress and slow pace of international efforts, InterManager had vowed to work separately to obtain much-needed Covid-19 vaccines to protect the world’s seafarers. “Global organisations ...

Worsening crew change crisis catalyses a best practices list for charterers Despite the industry’s numerous efforts to contain the worldwide crew change crisis, it barely made a dent in alleviating the issue. India’s new COVID-19 variant intensified border restrictions, further lengthening crew’s stay onboard beyond their contract durations. Appeal for collective efforts to mitigate the crisis COVID-19’s devastation reminded governments ...

Image Credits: Sembcorp Marine Sembcorp Marine’s Q1 investor report reveals weak performances to continue from 2020 Pandemic related manpower constraints were cited as reasons behind the company’s shortage of skilled workers. Sembcorp added those who departed Singapore the past year are unable to return due to border restrictions – especially from India and Bangladesh. Surprisingly, the company also pointed Singapore’s ...

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 ...

Seafarers face a myriad of challenges taking shore leave Singapore authorities’ denied entry for incoming seafarers from China in February 2021 due to COVID-19. Other countries started to impose similar regulations, gradually normalising seafarers unable to come ashore. The real list of reasons Time Stephen Miller, The Mission to Seafarer’ regional director of East Asia pointed out: “The biggest issue ...

Obesity and overweight can be addressed with the right diet and lifestyle choices Overweight and obesity are the body’s abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that poses health risks. It is a condition that develops gradually due to poor diet and lifestyle choices. Body mass index (BMI) is the most common mean to classify overweight and obesity in adults. BMI is ...

As digitalisation becomes essential in maritime, technology elevates to a more abstract level – smart ship versus digital twin. Many shipping companies are incorporating technology into their processes. Jargons such as “Smart Ships” and “Digital Twins” are often confused. How can shipping companies tell both apart and adopt the correct medium for their operations? What is the difference? In short, ...