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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


Charterers challenged over ‘no crew-change’ clauses

The International Chamber of Shipping met a group of charterers yesterday to highlight concerns over ‘no crew-change’ clauses. It hopes using carrots rather than sticks will encourage charterers to do the right thing

International Crewing

VSAT and dedicated IoT connectivity keys to digitalisation

There has been a more urgent push to connect every device and machine; digitalisation is helping the entire maritime industry evolve

International Containers

New hull forms and training must be factored into future designs

A Mare Forum webinar has heard that shipbuilders’ reluctance to discuss new designs that would not fit production processes has left shipowners having to tweak existing vessels to meet emission targets

International Crewing

Charterers attacked as no crew-change clauses compound seafarer crisis

‘When the market is against the owner and you are bleeding, they kneel on your neck… and they impose things that are inhuman,’ says Safe Bulkers chief

International Containers

Industry pledges to raise mental health awareness

British Ports Association, Nautilus International and Iswan, are among 29 signatories, and more have been invited to join the new initiative

Ports and Logistics Crewing

Why the master is ultimately responsible for the safety of shipping

A webinar that explores the master–pilot relationship points to the need for the shipping industry to re-engage the shore with the ship, with the men and women on board, and with maritime safety more broadly

International Crewing

From the News Desk: Seafarers in crisis

Seafarer abandonment cases continue to climb, while suicides are going uncounted. Meanwhile calls are growing to ensure crews are not denied coronavirus vaccines, and for the industry take better care of its workforce

International From the News Desk

Unions call for all seafarers to be vaccinated

The Nautilus Federation of 22 unions wants a worldwide vaccination programme for seafarers and inland waterways transport crew, to help resolve the crew change crisis and ensure seafarers do not miss out on vaccines

International Crewing

Two thirds of UK seafarer certificates held by foreigners

‘This is no way to prepare for a green economic recovery and these figures do not include the near 1,000 UK ratings jobs lost in the second half of the pandemic,’ argues union leader

United Kingdom Crewing

Maersk turns away from Cosco crewing arm

Maersk: ‘It is always our priority to ensure the welfare and well-being of all our seafarers and provide them with the most optimal service as an employee’

China Containers

German owners optimistic for post-pandemic recovery

Germany’s shipowners are in a healthy position after the downturn that started in 2009. But several conditions need to be in place for a full recovery, particularly in crew changes and environmental regulation

Europe Germany

Maritime experts to examine seafarer exhaustion

Following on from ‘A Culture of Adjustment’, this webinar brings together maritime safety heavyweights who all believe it is time to stop kicking the safety can down the road

United Kingdom Crewing