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Coronavirus & Crewing

Daily news, analysis and updates from the Lloyd’s List team on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the crewing sector



How is the coronavirus affecting Crewing?

UN warned crewing crisis could involve ‘a million’ seafarers

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

International Crewing

Singapore relaxes rules to assist crew changes

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

Singapore Coronavirus

ITF warns against cutting corners on safety

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

International Crewing

Singapore’s crew change fund gets boost

‘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

Crewing Singapore

Shipping cannot solve crew crisis alone, says Fidelity

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

International Crewing

Imbalances seen amid crew change crisis

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

International Crewing

Fidelity raises risk to supply chains from crewing crisis

The global asset manager is calling for seafarers to be considered as essential workers to ensure safety and global supply chain continuity

Crewing Safety

Weekly briefing: Box lines' earnings lift, tanker downturn to continue

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

International Containers

IMO warns crewing crisis is putting safety of ships at risk

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.

International Crewing

Tomini Majesty crew threaten hunger strike over crew change delays

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

China Crewing

Industry commitment is slowly solving crewing crisis

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

Crewing Ship Management

Singapore to set up floating crew change centre

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

Singapore Coronavirus