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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


Convention breaches placing seafarers’ lives at risk, says IMO

IMO stops short of naming countries placing seafarers’ lives at risk by refusing permission to disembark for medical care

International Crewing

Maersk Tankers agreement opens door for rapid expansion

Christian Ingerslev, chief executive officer at Maersk Tankers, believes it is easier to maximise value and reduce carbon footprint if vessel managers have large scale. That is much better done if partners play to their strengths

Denmark Singapore

Pizza ovens and gyms for crew on Eastern Pacific fleet

Perks include access to mental health professionals, upgraded accommodation and fitness programmes

Containers Tankers and Gas

Where is the outrage over ports’ refusal of crew change?

East of the Suez Canal, crew change is an exception rather than the rule today. And the problem with that beggar-thy-neighbour attitude is that it is a frontal assault on the integrity of the very supply chain that we all rely on, and mostly so by the nations and ports that are the biggest beneficiary of shipping

Crewing Coronavirus

Culture of care needed to improve crew welfare

New study by Seafarers Hospital Society, Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Yale University identified several areas for improvement when it comes to crew health and wellbeing

Crewing Safety

Shipping celebrates its unsung heroes

An awards ceremony to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of companies and individuals in shipping during the pandemic has recognised the creation of the Seafarers International Relief Fund and the heroics of individual masters and crew

United Kingdom LISW

Shipping must stop thinking of seafarers as a problem

Shipping should regard the human element — at sea and shore — as a resource to be used throughout the industry. That resource needs upskilling; the initiative for that must come from seafarers themselves

United Kingdom LISW

New normal to herald paperless trading for shipping

‘This time is absolutely different. It has pushed minor carriers to digitalise and we’ve never seen that before … The desire to digitise is there from every part of the supply chain,’ says essDOCS chief executive Alexander Goulandris 

International Containers

London Shipping Week Daily Podcast: The unsung heroes of shipping

In the first of our special London International Shipping Week daily editions of the Lloyd’s List Podcast we talk to Paddy Rodgers from the National Maritime Museum and Julian Clark from Ince, two of the driving forces behind a special awards ceremony celebrating the Unsung Heroes of shipping

International United Kingdom

Governments accused of ignoring vote-less shipping

It’s time for the shipping industry to speak with a single voice on the major issues, but there is still heated discussion about how that single voice should be constituted. The IMO is not a lobby organisation, Intermanager president Mark O’Neil told the opening session of London International Shipping Week

United Kingdom LISW

Seafarers in line for 3% pay rise after employers agree deal with union

The seafarers’ union and maritime employers agreed a 3% wage rise for seafarers from next year, after three days of talks at the International Bargaining Forum. The collective pay deal covers workers on some 9,200 vessels flagged with open registries

International Crewing

Maritime group formed to advise UK policy makers

The MPC believes it has gathered an unparalleled body of expertise that should be drawn on to protect UK maritime professional standards throughout a period of necessary transition

United Kingdom Crewing