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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


Australia detains Japanese car carrier with overdue crew

A number of seafarers on the vessel Metis Leader have been working on board in excess of the 11 months maximum permitted under the Maritime Labour Convention and the 14 months limit allowed by Australian authorities

Australia Crewing

Queensland tests crew linked to New Zealand infection

The 2009-built, Liberia flagged Sofrana Surville had travelled from Papua New Guinea to New Zealand, where eight crew from the Philippines joined it in Auckland on October 13

International Asia Pacific

Filipino seafarers test positive for coronavirus in China

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, which claims the seafarers had tested negative before their departure, said Chinese officials had expressed concern over the integrity of the initial results

Asia Pacific Crewing

Australian state threatens to turn away vessels with infected crew

Shipping groups said Western Australia should work on safe crew change protocols instead of turning ships away after the state’s government accused shipping companies of not doing enough to prevent outbreaks on vessels

Australia Specialty

Shipping groups plan ‘virus testing hotels’ in Manila for crews

Trade groups representing maritime employers and seafarers will run hotels in Manila after concerns that possible gaps in the Philippines’ testing system may have been behind outbreaks on ships calling at Australia and Singapore

Asia Pacific Australia

Western Australia may turn back infected ships after livestock carrier outbreak

WA will force Australians arriving to the state by sea to isolate in hotels for two weeks after two people, who had tested negative, left a livestock carrier which later reported an outbreak. The state is considering turning back infected ships after four outbreaks in three weeks, according to reports

Australia Specialty

Posidonia Forum: Priorities for an industry in the spotlight

Besieged by external and internal challenges, shipping needs to decide on its priorities. The Lloyd's List Posidonia Forum discusses what must be tackled now

Posidonia Digitalisation

Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific forum panels available on demand

Two Lloyd’s List’s digital forums — focusing on shipping in the Asia Pacific region, the adoption and use of new technology and assessing what happens next — are now available to watch on demand

Digitalisation Technology

New Zealand to boost seafarer welfare funding

Charitable funding has been insufficient to meet the needs of seafarers calling at New Zealand. The government will now use a maritime levy to help fund services

Asia Pacific New Zealand

Foreign crew repatriated at two Chinese ports

Liberia-flagged vessel Berlin Trader was sold by a German owner to Chinese interests, with most of the seller’s crew hailing from Europe and the Philippines. Lloyd’s List Intelligence data shows the vessel arrived in Qingdao’s outer anchorage on September 27 — 20 days before the repatriation operation took place

Containers Dry Bulk

Pandemic will be a turning point for shipping, predicts Synergy chief

The industry requires the vision and leadership to talk with a more unified voice that can reach the decision makers who are determining our collective fates, argues Synergy Group chief executive Rajesh Unni in an interview

Coronavirus Fuels

Gulf of Guinea kidnappings increase by 40%

The International Maritime Bureau reported 132 piracy incidents in the first nine months of 2020, compared with 119 for the same time last year. Criminal gangs are evading detection by mounting attacks further out to sea

Middle East and Africa Asia Pacific