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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


UK urged to scrap pay freeze for nuclear transport seafarers

Union says seafarers face a public sector pay freeze despite the importance of their jobs to national security and the environment

United Kingdom Crewing

Shipping is ‘sleepwalking into manning crisis’

Index reports on the yo-yo impact of the pandemic and the associated restrictions

Crewing Ship operations

Call for better vaccination records for seafarers

While seafarers visiting the UK can receive vaccinations, they are cannot have their status recognised. The UK’s seafarer welfare organisation is calling for government action

Europe United Kingdom

Pandemic uncertainty spurs V.Group to grow Chinese crews

V.Group aims to hire, train and deploy seafarers directly from China to fill the gap that has constrained its ability to grow

Asia Pacific Dry Bulk

Crew-change issues likely to persist amid travel restrictions

While UN agencies support the easing of travel restrictions on seafarers, various governments pay more attention to local pressure groups, especially voters

International Containers

Recruitment for maritime must focus on job relevance

Shipping’s transformation to an era of decarbonisation and digitalisation will demand new skills. The industry has not cast its net out far enough or explained the vision adequately

United Kingdom Technology and Innovation

Solving crew-change crisis requires a better vaccination programme

The industry must aim for a 100% vaccination rate for seafarers and receiving booster shots is among the next must-do tasks

Asia Pacific Containers

Shipping’s decarbonisation won’t happen without new skills

The push for decarbonisation will be much harder unless we look more forensically at the challenges to be solved at company level and recruit the skills to solve them. Old attitudes are unhelpful

Sustainability Environment

Overdue crew levels at record lows as more seafarers are vaccinated

Some seafarers remain hesitant about being inoculated while the vaccines are short supplied, or not recognised in certain geographies. And access to the booster jab is already said to have become a new challenge

International Containers

Rising infections prompt warning over new crew-change crisis

The key to a potential new crew-change crisis lies in whether governments will close borders and impose tighter travel curbs on cross-border workers, says the ITF

International Containers

Danish Shipping eyes offshore wind and carbon capture in green strategy

Trade body Danish Shipping wants 5% of Danish-operated ships to be capable of running on net-zero fuels by 2030 to reach climate neutrality by 2050

Denmark EU

Denmark defends anti-piracy mission after suspects released

BIMCO and Danish Shipping defended the mission amid claims the Danes’ operation strained relations between states and the shipping industry

Denmark Middle East and Africa