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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


ITF secures repatriation of 250,000 cruise sector seafarers

Crew change crisis has shown the best of unions and employers, ITF official insists

International Crewing

Outlook: Is shipping coping with the pandemic?

The outlooks, forecasts and predictions for 2020 which were compiled at the end of last year now look like they were made in another age and on another planet. So what has the remainder of this most unusual year got in store for the industry?

Containers Dry Bulk

Seafarer crisis is a challenge for the whole marine sector

First and foremost, shipowners and their insurers will very likely face claims from seafarers

Containers Dry Bulk

Another bulker detained in Australia for crew violations

MUA said massive underpayment of wages was discovered when the vessel docked in Brisbane earlier in July, and although the crew was paid the $93,000 they were owed, once the vessel left port the Burmese seafarers were allegedly intimidated by ship officers to hand back the wages in question to shipmanagement

Australia Dry Bulk

Seafarers close to breaking point, warns shipmanager

With 300,000 crew still stranded at sea amid tightening crew change policies, the risk is rising that they will refuse to renew their contracts

International Asia Pacific

Hong Kong crew change suspension dismays unions

The unions said they expected the government to improve the current policy and advocate the appropriate crew change in Hong Kong under the principle of securing public health and safety

Hong Kong Crewing

Australia bans Chinese dry bulker over underpaid crew

Disembarked Burmese crew are now said to be stranded in Brisbane due to the lack of flights to Myanmar, with all expenses covered by the shipowner and shipmanager

Asia Pacific Dry Bulk

South Korea sees more coronavirus cases from Russian crew

South Korea has been conducting onboard quarantine checks of Russian ships arriving in Busan ports since late June

Japan Dry Bulk

Dry bulker crew members test positive for coronavirus

The vessel left Kanda in Japan on July 23 and reached Zhoushan three days later

Asia Pacific Dry Bulk

Free seafarer ‘wallet’ for crew

Seafarers can download a free, web-based wallet to monitor and track their health status, which developers say mirrors UN protocols

Crewing International

‘Crew during crisis’ seafarer support videos

Health experts and mindfulness coaches have contributed to a new series of videos aimed at helping seafarers cope during the coronavirus pandemic

Crewing Coronavirus

From the News Desk: Is the crew change crisis getting worse?

Nearly a month on from a UK-led summit aimed at finding an international solution to the issue of crew changes, there has been little in the way of forward progress and some countries have tightened rules again as new coronavirus cases emerge

Coronavirus Crewing