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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


Bulk carrier industry draws up new guidelines on ventilation

The guide is designed to provide a better understanding of how and when to ventilate given the different types of bulk commodities carried with each having different requirements. Proper ventilation is essential to preventing damage to cargo and to ensure crew safety

Dry Bulk Safety

Safety report unveils connivance on dangerous practices

The industry has spent eight months complaining that its key workers should be repatriated swiftly. In reality, it has spent years ignoring protests that rest and work hours regulations are openly flouted

International Safety

Voting open for 2021 Shipping Outlook Forum poll

The Lloyd’s List 2021 Shipping Outlook Forum takes place on December 1 and we need your input to help shape the discussion. Our online poll is now live, with 10 questions on the critical issues likely to influence maritime markets next year and beyond

International Digitalisation

Greek owners urge priority vaccination for ‘heroes of the sea’

Seafarers have been shunned by authorities in many ports as coronavirus fears have overridden the need for crew changes

Europe Greece

Is video analytics the answer to safer ships and safer seas?

Video Analytics can be used to detect or even predict unsafe situations, spot unintentional operator errors, or avoid accidents by analysing historical events

International Lloyds Register

From the News Desk: Coronavirus and piracy add to crew safety concerns

There is an increasing link between the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the safety of crew and vessels, according to recent analysis. Not only is there a heightened risk of accidents at sea due to the crew change crisis, but also there is evidence that increased pirate attacks on vessels may be linked to economic factors

International Piracy and Security

Australia to end crew work extension waivers

Australia said its waiver allowing crews to serve beyond 11 months on board ships will end next February. It says there has been enough time for ship operators to adjust to the health crisis and develop new plans for seafarer repatriation and crew changes

Australia Dry Bulk

Recognising maritime’s unsung heroes

This year, 20 men and women will receive the Merchant Navy Medal. ‘Unsung heroes make up the fabric of our brilliant, selfless, skilled industry,’ says UK shipping minister Robert Courts

Europe United Kingdom

Crew change protocols gets IMO support as crisis persists

The International Maritime Organization has supported the industry initiative for safe crew change protocols, but it will be up to individual governments and companies to follow them and help address the crewing crisis

IMO Crewing

‘Systemic failures’ of safe manning rules drive seafarers to falsify work and rest hours

A damning report by the World Maritime University says alteration of work and rest hours by crews is commonplace amid chronic undermanning of ships. It found IMO safe manning rules are mostly ignored, while inspectors rarely check records’ accuracy and flag states fail to enforce compliance

International Crewing

Infected MOL bulker crew return home

Crew of a vessel hit by a coronavirus outbreak off Australia last month have returned home to the Philippines and the vessel has since departed, says Mitsui OSK Lines

Dry Bulk MOL

From the News Desk: Will 2021 be better for shipping?

Shipping was considered among the sectors most at risk from a global pandemic, but many companies have reported earnings either above year-ago figures or have at least exceeded initial expectations in 2020. However, as the year nears its close and optimism grows that the virus can be brought under control, there are factors that may make 2021 even more challenging

Containers Dry Bulk