Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Trade Groups Urge UN to End Humanitarian Crisis for Supply Chain Workers

A group of some of the world’s top trade organizations representing transport workers from across maritime, aviation and trucking are calling on the world’s heads of government to end a...

September 29, 2021
Total Views: 925

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

COVID Relief Fund for Seafarers Hits $1 Million Goal

After only a few months of fundraising, the Seafarers International Relief Fund (SIRF) has reached its goal of raising $1 million to provide vital relief for seafarers and their families...

August 17, 2021
Total Views: 891

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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Shipping Losses Hit Record Low in 2020, But Risks and Challenges Abound -Report

The number of total losses in shipping hit record low levels in 2020, but risks and challenges on several fronts pose a threat to safety, according to marine insurer Allianz...

August 3, 2021
Total Views: 1277

Monday, August 2, 2021
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Opinion: Pathetic Maritime, Its Reactions and Reality

By Frank Coles If you don’t like direct, brash or in your face, stop reading now. You may not like or even agree with what I am going to say...

August 2, 2021
Total Views: 3593

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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The Pool Of Ship Officers Is Running Dry

By Jonathan Saul (Reuters) There could be a shortage of merchant sailors to crew commercial ships in five years if action is not taken to boost numbers, raising risks for global...

July 28, 2021
Total Views: 13804

Sunday, July 25, 2021
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Indian Union Accuses China Of Unofficial Seafarer Ban

Today Indian media reported that Beijing has imposed an unofficial ban on ships crewed by Indian seafarers. The Times of India, which is the largest selling English-language daily newspaper in...

July 25, 2021
Total Views: 3112

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Turkish Captain Returns Home After a Year as ‘Legal Guardian’ of Abandoned Ship in Egypt

Captain Kara was stuck in Egypt for more than a year as a court-appointed legal guardian of the bulk carrier MV Kenan Mete. A Turkish ship captain is heading home...

July 6, 2021
Total Views: 3663

Monday, June 28, 2021
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Cyprus Sets Out to Vaccinate Some 40,000 Seafarers

Cyprus has announced plans to vaccinate all seafarers, some 40,000 of them, on Cyprus-flagged and managed vessels. The plans were announced Friday in a circular by the Cyprus Shipping Deputy...

June 28, 2021
Total Views: 1812

Friday, June 25, 2021

On Today’s ‘Day of the Seafarer’, There’s Little to Celebrate

Each year, on June 25th, the U.N. International Maritime Organization celebrates ‘Day of the Seafarer‘ as a way to raise awareness about issues facing seafarers and the contribution they make...

June 25, 2021
Total Views: 1477

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

No Vaccine At Sea And Still They Worked On…

By Frank Coles (OpEd) – So there is no misunderstanding, I am not a raving lunatic, just a frustrated mariner. I get the complications of COVID, the self-centered behaviors of...

June 22, 2021
Total Views: 3401

Monday, June 21, 2021
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Seafarers Need To Strike, Says Frank Coles

By John Konrad (gCaptain) Last week maritime influencer Lena Göthberg published the 165th episode of her popular Shipping Podcast, and the content was shocking. Her guest was the former CEO...

June 21, 2021
Total Views: 15945

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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ITF Flags Concerns Over Repatriation of Deceased Seafarers’ Bodies

Concerns are mounting amid shocking revelations that ports are increasingly refusing to repatriate deceased seafarers’ bodies under the the guise of COVID-19 pandemic measures. According to the the International Transport...

June 15, 2021
Total Views: 3671

Monday, June 14, 2021

Ports Refuse Access to Another Ship Carrying Body of Deceased Captain

Deja-vu… Efforts are underway to repatriate the deceased Romanian captain of the cargo ship M/V Vantage Wave after seven weeks and refusal by multiple States to disembark the body. The...

June 14, 2021
Total Views: 23116

Monday, June 7, 2021

Ship Abandonments Hit Record in 2020 -ITF

The International Transport Workers’ Federation said today it helped seafarers recover nearly $45 million in owed wages last year while cases of ship abandonments nearly doubled to a record high....

June 7, 2021
Total Views: 9077

Friday, May 7, 2021
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Crew Change Crisis 2.0 Shows Signs of Worsening Amid India Virus Surge

By Ann Koh (Bloomberg) Hundreds of thousands of seafarers risk being stuck at sea beyond the expiry of their contracts because of India’s surging coronavirus outbreak, according to one of the...

May 7, 2021
Total Views: 1949

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Crew Welfare Charities Launch Fund to Help Indian Seafarers Amid Surging Virus Cases

A group of the leading seafarer welfare charities and other shipping industry stakeholders have launched a $1 million emergency relief fund to support seafarers and their families impacted by the...

May 5, 2021
Total Views: 1669

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Retail Brands Pledge Supply Chain Audit to Help Seafarers Stranded by COVID-19

By K. Oanh Ha (Bloomberg) — Unilever Plc and other big retail brands are among consumer giants adopting a toolkit to audit their shipping supply chains in an effort to help...

May 5, 2021
Total Views: 1340

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Crew Change Crisis 2.0 – Singapore Bans South Asian Seafarers

Seafarers have been the invisible victims of COVID-19. Thanks to local restrictions and logistical challenges, hundreds of thousands have been stranded at sea – marooned on vessels for, in some...

May 2, 2021
Total Views: 5979

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
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UN Bodies Call for Seafarers and Aviation Workers to Be Given Priority Access to Vaccines

As the world watched the Ever Given salvage over the last week, the heads of five UN organizations joined together in a call for maritime and air transport workers to...

March 30, 2021
Total Views: 1568

Monday, March 22, 2021
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Fight Between Commodities Giants and Shippers Leaves Seafarers Stuck at Sea

By Jack Wittels, K Oanh Ha and Aaron Clark (Bloomberg) — A standoff between commodities giants and shipping companies is prolonging the labor crisis at sea, with an estimated 200,000 seafarers still stuck...

March 22, 2021
Total Views: 3684