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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


V.Group names OSM’s Sprotte to replace Kayser at shipmanagement unit

Kofod-Olsen was appointed V.Group chief executive at the end of 2020, replacing Graham Westgarth, who moved up to chairman. Earlier this month Wallem chief Frank Coles resigned to focus on crew welfare issues

Ship Management Crewing

New dry bulk safety standards issued

The DryBMS document was jointly launched by vetting agency RightShip and shipowners association Intercargo and will be governed by a new non-governmental organisation to be set up later in the year

Dry Bulk Safety

Seafarers are a priority vaccine group, say owners

The International Chamber of Shipping is pushing for governments to give seafarers and frontline shore workers priority access to vaccines, while warning against the repetition of previous mistakes that fuelled the crewing crisis

International Chamber of Shipping Coronavirus

Shipping must prepare for post-pandemic risks

Shipping should anticipate significant risks in its recovery from the pandemic, including the challenges of digitalisation and uneven technological competence of the workforce. Successful companies will invest in digital skills

Coronavirus Digitalisation

Singapore plans to vaccinate 10,000 maritime workers this month

The port, which is also the world’s top bunkering centre, suffered an outbreak of coronavirus on one of its bunker tankers earlier in January. MPA said harbourcraft and ocean-going crew who are Singaporeans and long-term residents will be given priority for vaccinations

Singapore Crewing

BW reports fatalities on FPSO

Incident was caused by ‘a leakage of hydrocarbons into the tank where the work was being performed’, says BW Offshore

Tankers and Gas Offshore

Smarter shipping will benefit decarbonisation and safety

By reducing manual data recording and the analysis of data from sources on the vessel and external to the ship, a significant stride will be made towards greener and safer shipping

Digitalisation Ship operations

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Why shipping still needs to focus on human rights at sea

David Hammond, the founder and chief executive of Human Rights at Sea, explains why the crewing crisis has helped highlight wider abuses in the maritime sector and why we can’t let that attention fade along with coronavirus once the vaccination programme kicks in

Lloyd's List The Shipping Podcast Coronavirus

Tensions rise as charterers refuse to fix ships with crew-change commitments

Industry anger grows as reports of charterers’ unwillingness to share responsibility in crew change crisis are raised within cross-agency briefings. Charterers deny blocking fixtures, saying they support seafarer wellbeing programmes and are collaborating with the industry

Crewing Coronavirus

Mutant virus makes resolving crew change crisis more difficult

As some regions tackle a new strain of coronavirus, major investors have raised concerns that the crewing issue caused as a result of the pandemic and lockdowns is ‘no longer solely a shipping industry problem nor a crisis that the shipping industry can resolve on their own’

Crewing Coronavirus

Short film turns spotlight on shipping’s ‘heroes’

In response to the crewing crisis, BIMCO has produced a short two-minute film showcasing the vital role shipping plays globally in a bid to increase both public and governmental awareness

International Crewing

Shippers starved of options as China feeders face shutdown

Most mainline carriers have said they will stop accepting transhipment cargo into south China until after Chinese New Year as pandemic policies impact on feeder barge crews and cause an earlier than normal suspension of services

China Containers