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
Without rigidly enforced penalties for owners who evade best practice, those at the sharp end will continue to suffer
A crew member from the abandoned bulk carrier, Ula, told Lloyd’s List that the situation has reached a critical point. The 19, mainly Indian, seafarers are feeling neglected and helpless, and suffering from depression
Vaccine passport protocols in line with World Health Organisation recommendations need to be followed globally as vaccinated seafarers are critical to keeping the world supplied with personal protective equipment and vital goods, argues chief executive Capt Unni
‘Bulk carriers on tramp trading call at many more ports than other shipping sectors and are at the mercy of the nationalised vaccination policy, applying at the port of call,’ said Intercargo president Dimitris Fafalios
A ship’s operating profile is the best guide to which technology is most suitable. However, considerations such as charterer’s expectation and commercial objectives play a significant part
Bulkers detained at Port Kembla in New South Wales and Weipa in Queensland since February will not be released until deficiencies are addressed, says the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
A DNV white paper, Closing the Safety Gap in an Era of Transformation, warns of a looming safety gap between today’s safety risk-management approaches and the changing picture that may arise from growing reliance on digital systems and data, and new fuels and fuel technologies
The delay between introducing new technology on board ships and full implementation of training on that equipment will grow. Bringing in automation will require an overhaul of the STCW Convention itself
Alandia, a marine insurer, is hoping that designs for new icebreakers will be approved soon. It is calling for environmental changes and operational decisions to be understood and factored into plans.
Chinese and UAE ports are already turning back ships, but ‘no jab, no job’ is likely to become the normal position
Although the total number of overdue seafarers has fallen from 400,000 to just over 200,000, there are fears that number is rapidly rising again
Shipping’s can-do attitude has kept the world turning over the past year, but seafarers have suffered. Recruitment could suffer as a result
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