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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


The LL view: End the scandal of seafarer abandonment, now and forever

Without rigidly enforced penalties for owners who evade best practice, those at the sharp end will continue to suffer

International Middle East and Africa

Plight of abandoned seafarers is ‘very critical’

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

Dry Bulk Crewing

Standardisation of vaccination essential for seafarers, says Synergy

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 

International Crewing

Dry bulk worst hit by ‘vaccination lottery’, says Intercargo

‘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

International Coronavirus

Suit the technology to the ship — not the ship to the technology

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

Ship operations Environment

Bulkers detained in Australia for ‘serious’ breaches

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

Australia Turkey

Closing the safety gap in an era of transformation

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

International Containers

Seafarer training falling behind as tech accelerates

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

International Crewing

Winter trends put Nordic icebreakers and crews at higher risk

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.

Åland Islands Finland

Seafarers cannot be forced to accept vaccination, ICS warns

Chinese and UAE ports are already turning back ships, but ‘no jab, no job’ is likely to become the normal position

International Regulation

Decline in number of overdue seafarers does not signal end of crisis

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

International Crewing

We need a grown-up conversation about shipping's hidden heroes

Shipping’s can-do attitude has kept the world turning over the past year, but seafarers have suffered. Recruitment could suffer as a result

Singapore Hong Kong