New Guidance Helps Seafarers and Shipowners Navigate Pandemic Challenges

The International Chamber of Shipping has worked with a coalition of industry partners to produce the new and updated guidance, which aims to empower seafarers and shipowners in order to protect and support themselves through the next stage of the pandemic.

Germany and Cyprus Join Efforts to Vaccinate Seafarers

Among the efforts to mark the International Day of the Seafarer, the port of Hamburg and Cyprus both announced efforts to expand COVID-19 vaccinations to seafarers. The issue of how to provide vaccinations for seafarers working on ships has been one of the most highlighted industry challenges on this day along with the problems of crew changes brought on by the pandemic.

International Day of the Seafarer 2021

25 June of each year is the "Day of the Seafarer", recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.

Nationwide seafarer vaccination programme launches in India

India’s Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) on Monday said it will launch a nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive in association with various maritime bodies to inoculate Indian seafarers free of cost in the months to come.

InterManager seals deal for 1m Johnson & Johnson shots, seeks government approval

InterManager revealed this week it has successfully negotiated with Johnson & Johnson and has secured an in-principle order for 1m one-shot Covid-19 vaccine doses for seafarers at a reduced rate.

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

The shipping trade group has warned that lack of access to vaccinations for the world’s seafarers puts shipping in a ‘legal minefield’, while leaving global supply chains vulnerable.

China finally grants crew change for MSC bulker, coal carrier queue reducing

The Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC)-owned vessel, Anastasia has been anchored at Tangshan’s Caofeidian Port since September 20 with 16 Indian seafarers onboard, one of more than 50 ships that have been stranded as trade ties between Canberra and Beijing have worsened in recent months.

Stranded Syrian Seafarers Given Nod to Sell Ship at Mombasa Port

For close to 16 months, 11 seafarers have been stuck at Mombasa Port, depending on the kindness of well-wishers for survival after their employer abandoned them.

Crumbs of comfort for crew

It is a good sign for seafarers and the industry that there is so much rallying around behind the Neptune Declaration and pressure is being applied to ensure the messages about the importance of seafarers are being heard.

Coal carrier queue eases off northern China

Chinese buyers of Australian coal are finding new markets to sell their banned substances, helping ease the ship queues in northern China that have stranded more than 1,100 seafarers this winter.

Singapore to vaccinate over 10,000 frontline maritime workers by end of month

Singapore will deliver Covid-19 vaccinations to over 10,000 maritime personnel by the end of January under its Sea – Air Vaccination Exercise (SAVE). The exercise is part of the country’s national Covid-19 vaccination strategy to protect frontline personnel and their family members, as well as residents living in Singapore.

Explosive-laden boat cited in Jeddah tanker attack

BW subsidiary Hafnia had merely described yesterday’s attack as coming from an “external source” whilst discharging at Jeddah. All 22 seafarers have been accounted for with no injuries.

ILO Resolution Maintains Attention on Plight of Seafarers

The International Labour Organization once again added its voice to the other organizations calling for action to address the plight of seafarers because of the restrictions related to the pandemic.

Labor Group Seeks Help for Hundreds of Thousands of Seafarers Stranded by COVID

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers around the world are stranded at sea due to coronavirus travel restrictions, unable to go home or get medical care, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday, calling on nations to address their plight.

Jeff Bezos urged by shipping bodies to support stranded seafarers

“As one of the world’s most prominent entrepreneurs, you have unparalleled influence, which we hope you will use to join us in pushing public recognition of seafarers as key workers, and champion the cause at the highest levels of government, including in the United States with the incoming Biden administration,” the shipping bodies wrote in the letter.

China labels Australian coal as poor quality, 66 bulk carriers and more than 1,000 seafarers left stranded

China has labelled Australian coal as poor quality as hundreds of seafarers languish on stranded bulk carriers off the Chinese coastline, unable to offload their cargoes in the ongoing political spat between Beijing and Canberra.

Seafarers Caught in Political Limbo as China Closes Coal Port

A group of Indian seafarers has found themselves among a growing number of crew trapped aboard their ships off the coast of China according to an appeal from the Indian maritime union.

IMO will list all ports where crew change is possible

Among the outcomes from the virtual meeting this week of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) delegates have approved plans to get the UN agency to include a public list of all ports where crew changes are possible, as well as highlighting crew change regulations in individual countries.

AMSA orders Chinese owners to repatriate crew onboard ship almost two years

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has ordered Tianjin Shun Xin Yuan Shipping to repatriate nine crewmembers who have been onboard general cargo ship Brio Faith for more than 12 months.

China voices concern as 29 Filipino seafarers test positive for coronavirus

A total of 29 Filipino seafarers have tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in China to board their ships, according to a report carried in the Manila Bulletin, the Philippines’ largest English language broadsheet newspaper.

Greek master cops $65,000 fine over New Diamond blaze

The Greek master of the badly burnt New Diamond VLCC was fined $65,000 at Colombo’s High Court yesterday.

Ship Operating Costs Rise During Crew Change Crisis

Shipowners are facing rising labor costs as widespread Covid-related restrictions limit movement of seafarers and make crew swaps more expensive.

MUA: Use Local Seafarers for Crew Change

The Maritime Union of Australia has a novel proposal for solving a crew change dilemma: replace the foreign crew with local Australian seafarers.

80 Percent of Crew on Bulk Carrier Test Positive for COVID-19

A bulk carrier anchored off Western Australia has become the latest vessel struck with a severe outbreak of COVID-19, serving as a reminder of the dangers that seafarers face during the pandemic.

Maersk Calls for Action as Stranded Seafarers Rise to 400,000

The world’s largest container shipping companies and the United Nations Secretary-General are appealing to governments to resolve a labor crisis that has stranded 400,000 workers on boats, according to a new estimate from the International Chamber of Shipping.

Unions Call on Port States to Protect Seafarers by Detaining Ships

Adding its voice to the chorus of calls for action to address the challenges of crew change on this World Maritime Day, a federation of maritime unions called on the world’s port states to take a more active role in support of seafarers.

Families Plead for Search to Resume for Missing Livestock Carrier

Distraught family members of the missing seafarers from the livestock carrier lost off Japan, the Gulf Livestock 1, launched efforts over the weekend pleading for the search and rescue efforts to continue in an attempt to locate their loved ones.

Subic Bay Launches Crew Change Protocol

On Thursday, Subic Bay Freeport inaugurated a new crew transfer protocol, providing one more location for seafarers to embark and disembark as the crew change crisis continues on. Subic Bay's new operation will supplement the crew change process at nearby Manila, relieving some of the congestion with a second site.

Australia Bans Two More Ships as it Enforces Rules for Crew Welfare

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) continued its strict enforcement of rules seeking to ensure the welfare of seafarers announcing that it has banned to additional vessels.