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Crewing Crisis

Despite being integral to global trade, seafarers have been among the worst affected by the travel restrictions and lockdowns imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19. Many crews have been on board vessels for extended periods and concerns over safety and wellbeing continue to mount…



Stranded seafarers make direct appeal for more action on crew changes

Crews tell their stories of resilience, missing families and not stepping on land for nearly six months as coronavirus pandemic leaves them stuck at sea

International Crewing Safety


Detained Wakashio crew face humanitarian crisis

A welfare charity in Mauritius has called for the release of the Wakashio crew, detained now for a year. This follows a similar call by the International Transport Workers Federation

Dry Bulk Crewing

Cadet training proposal faces backlash

In a bid for the voice of nautical professionals to be heard, a Maritime Professional Council has been formed to offer professional advice and will be launched in London next month

United Kingdom Crewing

Rising abandonment cases high on the agenda at the IMO

The IMO’s legal committee, which took place last week, heard a proposal to potentially set up a mutual emergency fund for seafarers to support crews in cases of abandonment

Crewing Regulation

Wakashio case turns spotlight on criminalisation of seafarers

The seafarers’ union says the detention without charge of the Wakashio’s crew in Mauritius highlights the persistent problem of governments scapegoating seafarers after big casualties

International Casualty

Inmarsat sets tone for shipping’s digital decade

Interest in digitalisation has grown so fast over the past year that adding a few more satellites will not satisfy demand for long. Inmarsat’s newly unveiled Orchestra, an integrated capability, will avoid the need to continually reinvent the wheel

Imarsat Technology and Innovation

Fatal oil tanker attack off Oman ‘caused by drone’

‘With profound sadness, we understand the incident on Mercer Street... has resulted in the deaths of two crew members on board: A Romanian national and a UK national,’ the company says

Middle East and Africa Oman

Wellbeing study finds ‘despair and anger’ among seafarers

The reports found that ongoing issues relating to crew travel, uncertainty regarding leave, and an almost complete and universal ban on shore leave are taking a ‘negative toll’ on seafarers

International Containers

Shoddy casualty investigations putting lives at risk

IMO knocks back proposal to speed up casualty investigations, behind the scenes of the Lloyd’s Open Forum dispute, and how to train seafarers for a changing future

International Casualty

US vaccinates over 35,000 seafarers

US charities have vaccinated more than 35,000 foreign seafarers in US ports, as new vaccination initiatives in Canada, Germany, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Belgium have begun

North America Crewing

Number crunching says nothing about seafarer competency shortages

The report is strong on numbers but weak on competencies. The next 10 years will see shipping take on new technologies and explore new fuels. This forecast overlooks the maritime revolution to come

Crewing Ship operations

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Why the world is about to run out of seafarers

International Chamber of Shipping secretary-general Guy Platten joins Lloyd’s List editor Richard Meade to discuss the release of the new BIMCO/ICS Seafarer Workforce Report and what is says about the current situation for those working at sea

International Lloyd's List The Shipping Podcast

Recruitment positives hide real concerns, warns seafarer report

The BIMCO/ICS report seeks to understand the profile of the maritime workforce using data on nationality, rank/role, age profiles and gender. It estimates how an expansion of the world fleet will impact the demand for seafarers

Crewing Philippines