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The International Chamber of Shipping, which estimates 400,000 seafarers are trapped at sea and the same number trapped on land, says the industry is at breaking point and governments must step in to solve the humanitarian crisis
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has reduced the 14-day quarantine period to seven days if the crew member comes from Brunei or New Zealand
The ITF says it understands the need for flexibility during the pandemic, but short cuts taken ‘by some in the industry have gone too far, for too long’. It is urging governments and industry to better enforce Solas and other international rules
‘We have all the procedures in place for safe and dedicated passage, but unfortunately what we do not have is control over crew change in other countries,’ says Singapore Shipping Association president Caroline Yang
The $566bn asset manager has joined calls to designate seafarers as key workers as hundreds of thousands remain trapped at sea or unable to board vessels, putting ships, their crews and cargoes at greater risk of casualties
The general public needs to be made more aware of the essential role of seafarers, a panel of shipmanagers said at the Capital Link China Shipping Forum. Questions also raised on who is bearing the increased cost of crew changes
The global asset manager is calling for seafarers to be considered as essential workers to ensure safety and global supply chain continuity
Major container lines have across the board reported their best second-quarter earnings since 2010 as capacity discipline pays off. Meanwhile, the tanker market is seeing rates below breakeven levels as oil demand continues to be subdued, and dry bulk freight futures are almost on a par with spot rates
Secretary-general Kitack Lim says that if the crisis is not resolved soon, ships’ exhausted crews will not be able to operate safely. The IMO and other groups are organising a side event at the UN General Assembly from September 22 to highlight their plight.
Tomini Shipping says that the strike did not go ahead as they have reconfirmed to the crew that they would sign them off in South Korea after the dry docking in China is finished. It said the company had not been able to facilitate crew changeovers as no foreign crew sign-off was allowed in China
V.Group has taken over a 160-room hotel in Manila to provide an isolation facility for seafarers; shipowners have diverted vessels to effect crew change; seafarer sourcing is expected to be reassessed in light of the logistical nightmare
Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority announced the Crew Facilitation Centre alongside a S$1m industry fund to support efforts to help ease the crew change crisis, and invited international shipping partners to join it
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