Friday, May 7, 2021
Maritime News

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: 1780

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: 1601

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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: 1306

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: 5794

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: 1548

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: 3556


Unvaccinated Seafarers Put Shipping in ‘Legal Minefield’, Says ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping is raising the alarm on seafarer vaccinations… or lack there of. The shipping trade group has warned that lack of access to vaccinations for the...

March 22, 2021
Total Views: 6183

Friday, March 19, 2021

Despite Progress, Shipping Industry Fears COVID-19 Crew Change Crisis is Far from Over

While the number of seafarers impacted by the COVID-19 crew change crisis has fallen in recent months, the shipping industry is concerned that the number could be on the rise...

March 19, 2021
Total Views: 1537

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Tycoon’s Downfall Pushes Trapped Seafarers to Hunger Strike

By K. Oanh Ha (Bloomberg) — When Turkish police arrested shipping magnate Mübariz Mansimov Gurbano?lu at his Istanbul home one Sunday last March, his legal woes set off a chain of events that...

February 17, 2021
Total Views: 7939

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

ITF Calls on Shipping Companies to Save Seafarers Stranded Off China

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) is calling on companies to step up efforts to help seafarers stranded on ships off China as Beijing continues to informally ban coal imports...

February 16, 2021
Total Views: 3624

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

MSC Secures Crew Change for Stranded M/V Anastasia Seafarers

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has announced an agreement to disembark the stranded crew members of the bulk carrier Anastasia in Japan. The cargo ship has been stuck off the coast...

February 10, 2021
Total Views: 5432

Monday, February 8, 2021
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China Set to Unload Some Stranded Australian Coal Amid Ban

(Bloomberg) — China plans to allow some stranded Australian coal shipments to unload despite ongoing curbs on imports, a move aimed at showing goodwill to countries with seafarers stuck on...

February 8, 2021
Total Views: 3864

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Abandoned Ship Crew Wages Hunger Strike in Kuwait

The crew of a Qatari-owned ship has launched a hunger strike after 11 months without pay and more than a year abandoned on board the vessel, according to the International...

February 3, 2021
Total Views: 4216

Monday, February 1, 2021
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Rogue Captain’s Mid-Ocean Detour Tips Investors to Humanitarian Crisis at Sea

By Alastair Marsh (Bloomberg) — Terence Tsai started hearing about the growing labor crisis in shipping in a roundabout way. First, in March, an official at a ship management company in Hong Kong let...

February 1, 2021
Total Views: 46192

Monday, January 25, 2021

Over 300 Entities Sign Declaration to Help Resolve the Crew Change Crisis at Sea

More than 300 companies and organizations from around the world are throwing their support behind efforts to resolve the ongoing crew change crisis by signing the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer...

January 25, 2021
Total Views: 5183

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Shipping Group Says Seafarers Should Receive Vaccine Priority

By Annie Lee (Bloomberg) — Governments should prioritize seafarer vaccinations against Covid-19 to help keep global supply chains operating smoothly, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. New variants of Covid-19 in Brazil,...

January 19, 2021
Total Views: 1241

Friday, January 15, 2021

Frank Coles Resigns as Wallem Group CEO to Focus on Seafarers’ Rights

Hong Kong-based maritime tech company Wallem Group has announced the resignation of Chief Executive Frank Coles so he can focus his efforts on seafarers’ rights and welfare amid the ongoing...

January 15, 2021
Total Views: 2941

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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Global Investors Call for End to Crew Change Crisis

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A group of leading investors on Wednesday called for an end to a crisis involving hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck on...

January 13, 2021
Total Views: 3738

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Year In Review – Top Maritime Stories of 2020

What a year! With 2020 coming to a close, we’re taking a look back at the maritime stories that continued to make headlines all year long. IMO 2020 The year...

December 29, 2020
Total Views: 14147

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

IMO Calls Out Charterers’ Use of ‘No Crew Change’ Clauses

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is calling out charterers over the use of “no crew change” clauses and says the controversial practice is exacerbating the on-going crew change crisis. The...

December 22, 2020
Total Views: 6030