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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


Maritime diversity initiative launched

Alliance members will be asked to provide annual updates on their progress in implementing the group’s key principles

Diversity International

China eases quarantine rules for seafarers

Despite some relaxation of the rules, the changeover of foreign seafarers at Chinese ports is still under strict surveillance

China Crewing

Deal agreed to increase minimum monthly wage for seafarers

The minimum monthly basic wage for able seafarers is to be raised after a resolution during talks convened by the UN’s International Labour Organization between shipowners and seafarers’ unions

International Crewing

Long way still to go before gender equality in shipping

While things have improved during the past few decades, there is still work to do to reach gender parity in the maritime sector. Having a day dedicated to women in shipping may help attract and retain talent

Diversity Crewing

Greece 2022: Pournara-Bardavillia on leading the way for Greek women in shipowning

For a decade, the Bouboulina Shipping founder was a trailblazer for Greek women in shipowning

Greece Containers

Seafarers win right to connect at sea

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has secured some extra provisions for seafarers at the latest Maritime Labour Convention tripartite meeting. But it has made no headway on repatriation and warns that the co-operation seen during the coronavirus backdrop is waning

International Crewing

UK minimum wage Bill is flawed, argues British Ports Association

British Ports Association says enforcing the minimum wage is not an area where ports have a core competency

United Kingdom Crewing

Maritime insurance sector considers worst-case scenario of ammonia spills

Vessels that fall out of class for failing to meet Energy Efficiency Existing Ship standards and Carbon Intensity Indicator benchmarks will prejudice protection and indemnity insurance cover

International Sustainability

Pandemic-related crewing issues worsen due to Ukraine war

Short-term fixes to move and house Ukrainians in Europe look set to last, and the loss of crew has worsened an existing shortage

Europe Ukraine

U-Ming expands fleet for Taiwan’s offshore wind sector

Taiwan-listed company buys two secondhand crew transfer vessels, as it waits for its newbuildings to be delivered in the second half of the year 

Offshore Shipbuilding

P&O ferry regains power after mechanical failure in Irish Sea

First P&O Ferries ship to re-enter service following replacement of directly employed crew with cheaper agency personnel was briefly disabled off the coast of Northern Ireland

Passenger Roro

The week in charts: Russian energy exports rise | Hundreds of seafarers still stranded in Ukraine | Handysize low orderbook boost for earnings

Europe to dominate LNG import growth in 2022, panamax and supramax daily spot rates strengthen, over 300 ships still stuck in Ukraine but the number of seafarers on board is falling 

International Dry Bulk