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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

 

Shipping apes G7 to spread the word for seafarers

The UK Chamber of Shipping is lobbying more for action on crewing, green shipping and digitalisation during the G7 meeting, saying the industry’s message is not getting through enough

United Kingdom International

The week in charts: Yantian Port congestion | Easing global box demand | Crew abandonment case failures

Vessel queues into Yantian may have reduced over the past week at the port’s main anchorage but are still significant, while ships looking to avoid the disruption continue to build up at neighbouring facilities. Elsewhere, new figures show that global box demand eased through April, yet shippers are warned to expect equipment shortages and delays to prolong through to 2022

Asia Pacific China

Crewing crisis is ‘manageable but not sustainable’

V.Group says the broad spread of crew-source countries has been beneficial. However, new fuels and technologies will place increasing pressure on training and skills

Germany United Kingdom

Abandoned crews languish as cases drag on

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has recovered $45m in owed wages last year alone; a significant figure given the challenges

Crewing Regulation

Lives are being lost while crewing crisis drags on, Anglo-Eastern chief says

Anglo-Eastern chief executive Bjorn Hojgaard told a crewing webinar 18 of his company’s 30,000 seafarers had died from Covid-19 in recent months, with an average age of 37

International Crewing

Shipping warned not to ignore safety in sustainability push

Shipping is facing intense pressure to comply with decarbonisation targets but ‘the Greta Thunbergs of this world’ are likely to call for a shortening of timelines, a webinar discussion heard

Environment Safety

Port states raise concerns about crew change breaches

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control said the share of deficiencies over seafarer employment agreements rose 58% from 2019 to 2020, in a year when inspections plunged because of the coronavirus pandemic

Asia Pacific Europe

Successful crew change comes from years of hard graft

No one is listening to calls for seafarers to be seen as key workers, Hans Boers believes. The best way to get seafarers back home is to dig into many years of crew-change experience

Crewing Ship Management

Mi Chuanjin, Sailor’s e-home

The "seafarer scalper-like" model in China's traditional crewing business has led Mr Mi to create his start-up, aiming to digitalise the service and reduce job-hunting and training costs for seafarers. And he is seeing the latent opportunities, with growing users and data on his digital platform

Asia Pacific Crewing

What every entrepreneur should know — but is afraid to ask

Being agile and talented are not enough for an entrepreneur in maritime. A degree of commercial shrewdness is vital, plus an ability to see the long-term vision. A two-year time horizon will not cut it

Future of Shipping Technology and Innovation

Overdue seafarer numbers increase amid India’s Covid surge

The Global Maritime Forum says 7.4% of seafarers are still working on vessels beyond their contract, up from 5.8% a month ago, according to data from 10 big shipmanagers

International Crewing

US targets Chinese fishing fleet over forced labour

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai last week called attention to the issue, saying forced labour ‘harms the lives and wellbeing of fishers and workers around the world and it must be eliminated’

China United States
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