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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


Singapore relaxes rules to assist crew changes

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has reduced the 14-day quarantine period to seven days if the crew member comes from Brunei or New Zealand

Singapore Coronavirus

ITF warns against cutting corners on safety

The ITF says it understands the need for flexibility during the pandemic, but short cuts taken ‘by some in the industry have gone too far, for too long’. It is urging governments and industry to better enforce Solas and other international rules

International Crewing

Singapore’s crew change fund gets boost

‘We have all the procedures in place for safe and dedicated passage, but unfortunately what we do not have is control over crew change in other countries,’ says Singapore Shipping Association president Caroline Yang

Crewing Singapore

Eastern Pacific's ship revamp shows future of crew welfare

Eastern Pacific Shipping has taken delivery of the first of its box newbuilds boasting modern, colourful crew quarters, gyms and messes, as well as better internet for seafarers. The company says owners and managers must show tangible benefits to potential recruits to attract younger generations to life at sea

Ship Management Technology and Innovation

Communication is key to resolving crew crisis

Shipping has been working to get thousands of seafarers home not because of a legal obligation but because it is the right thing to do. Managing seafarers’ expectations is key at every stage

Crewing Ship Management

Maersk Etienne migrant conclusion must not be the end of the story

The Maersk Etienne impasse exposed serious gaps in international law, with no clear instruction about what happens next after anyone in difficulty at sea is rescued. Politicians must find a solution quickly or lives will be lost and seafarers could essentially become political hostages

Crewing Tankers and Gas

Shipping cannot solve crew crisis alone, says Fidelity

The $566bn asset manager has joined calls to designate seafarers as key workers as hundreds of thousands remain trapped at sea or unable to board vessels, putting ships, their crews and cargoes at greater risk of casualties

International Crewing

Imbalances seen amid crew change crisis

The general public needs to be made more aware of the essential role of seafarers, a panel of shipmanagers said at the Capital Link China Shipping Forum. Questions also raised on who is bearing the increased cost of crew changes

International Crewing

French remote operations demonstrate compliance pathway

This is the first French compliance with IMO resolution for trial of MASS vessel. Next step is to validate the remote operation concept on a newbuilding designed for the offshore support sector

France Offshore

Fidelity raises risk to supply chains from crewing crisis

The global asset manager is calling for seafarers to be considered as essential workers to ensure safety and global supply chain continuity

Crewing Safety

Migrants from Maersk Tankers ship land in Sicily

Migrants who spent more than a month on board a product tanker in the Mediterranean have been granted permission to disembark in Sicily after being transferred to another vessel

Europe Maersk Group

Maersk Etienne ordeal will not compromise migrant rescues

Chief technical officer Tommy Thomassen says Maersk Tankers will not ignore those in need of help at sea, despite the five-week ordeal that saw 27 rescued migrants unable to disembark from one of its ships. However, he wants politicians to step up and do their duty as well

Europe Denmark