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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


Shipping's digitalisation requires trust and collaboration to succeed

Ship agents could find a new responsibility in making transformation accessible to all the port community. Companies with a global perspective and local insight are well placed to drive transformation

Digitalisation Ship operations

Cargill misses climate-change and diversity shipping targets

Shipping was ‘unappealing to females’, which is why diversity and inclusion target wasn’t met, according to its 2020 sustainability report

International Dry Bulk

V.Group calls on vaccine-shunning nations to back seafarer countries

Governments deselecting vaccines should give them to nations that are providing most of the world’s seafarers to enable trade to keep moving, says V.Group chief executive René Kofod-Olsen

Europe International

From the News Desk: Crew changes, climate and a rising China

Shipping frustrated at unpredictable crew-change rules, intensifying debate over emissions regulations, and why the US-China trade war still matters

International Asia Pacific

Chinese crew invokes contract clause after order to call at India

Seafarers are trying to cite the ‘epidemic area-related’ clauses in their employment contracts to back their objection, but a shipping dispute lawyer said a lack of clear definition of the term may lead to a tug of war between the two sides

Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Why one airline went out of its way for seafarers

With more than 100 charter flights just for seafarers, taking them to destinations Qatar Airways has never flown to before, the airline wants to be the carrier of choice for seafarers

International Coronavirus

Looming crew crisis requires urgent action, not words

The crewing crisis never left us, but it is about to get much, much worse. There is still a gulf between what governments and charterers are saying versus what they are prepared to do in practice. The time for gesture politics is over, words need to be replaced by actions

Crewing Coronavirus

Fluid port regulations frustrate seafarers

South Africa’s port authority has changed its mind again this week in relation to how crew repatriation at the country’s ports should be regulated 

International Containers

The Lloyd’s List podcast: Is shipping about to be hit by a global crew shortage?

The crewing crisis never went away, the industry just worked around the problems, but with India now engulfed with a new coronavirus strain, Myanmar seafarers locked out due to sanctions at home and existing logjams getting worse, there is a very real possibility that shipping has a global crew shortage coming in the post. Joining the podcast this week to discuss the current crew changeover constraints and looming disaster scenarios is the International Chamber of Shipping secretary general, Guy Platten

Lloyd's List The Shipping Podcast Crewing

Role of seafarers in keeping the world moving is unrecognised

Anglo-Eastern Ship Management chief says despite all the good shipping is doing for the world, the world does not understand the plight of the individuals who serve on board

Crewing Ship operations

Stranded crew data reveals extent of changeover crisis

Managers warned that the seemingly low percentages shown by the indicator by no means signals the end of the crew change storm. And ‘2021 is set to be worse than the past year’

Asia Pacific Containers

Global crew changes paralysed by pandemic ‘chaos’

‘Crew logistics has almost come to a halt, the challenges are intractable,’ says leading shipmanager

Crewing Coronavirus