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Survey Seeks to Gauge COVID-19's Impact on Mariner Mental Health

Apr 05, 2021

The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) is encouraging mariners from all segments of the U.S. maritime industry to anonymously complete the “Mariner Mental Health Needs during Covid-19” online survey here…

Stranded at Sea, Coronavirus Takes a Toll on Seafarers' Mental Health

Mar 28, 2021

When Ritesh Mehra, 43, enlisted for a four-month stint as captain on a liquid gas tanker last July, he never expected to be stranded at sea until spring.“Twice it has happened that the ports are not allowing crew change,” Mehra told Reuters via Zoom from the bridge of the 80…

UN Urges Prioritization of Seafarer Vaccinations

Mar 26, 2021

Unite Nations organizations this week issued a joint call for the world's seafarers to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination, stressing their key role in supporting global trade.The heads of five UN organizations have called for maritime and…

Crew Change Hubs Could Help Address Seafarer Crisis, Says MAJ

Feb 01, 2021

A global network of crew change hubs would help alleviate the humanitarian crisis seafarers face at present, according to the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ).They could offer a short-term solution to the barriers presented by global travel restrictions…

IMO Condemns Charterers’ 'No Crew Change' Clauses

Dec 22, 2020

The head of the United Nations' shipping agency has spoken out against “no crew change” clauses in charterparties, stating such clauses exacerbate the dire situation of stranded seafarers and undermine the efforts undertaken to resolve the ongoing crew change crisis…

Sharp Crewing Services Establishes COVID-19 Test Site in Manila

Dec 08, 2020

Philippines and Singapore-based crew specialist CF Sharp has established its own COVID-19 testing center in Manila to speed up its crew change process amid mounting coronavirus case counts and ongoing logistical challenges for seafarers and ship managers globally…

UN Urges Designation of Seafarers as Key Workers

Dec 01, 2020

The 193-member U.N. General Assembly urged all countries to designate seafarers and other marine personnel as key workers on Tuesday after travel restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 have left hundreds of thousands stranded at sea for months…

Charterers Preventing Crew Change Must Be Held Accountable -INTERCARGO

Nov 02, 2020

In a number of instances, charterers in the dry bulk sector have been preventing much needed crew changes from taking place during the period of the charter, despite the ship owner agreeing to accept the associated costs, says INTERCARGO, the…

IMO Head Urges Governments to Resolve Crew Change Crisis

Sep 11, 2020

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim is urging governments to take swift action to resolve the crew change crisis that has left several hundred thousand seafarers stranded at sea and unable to be repatriated despite the expiry of their contracts…

Sailors’ Society Launches Helpline for Indian Seafarers

Aug 25, 2020

A new dedicated helpline aims to support Indian seafarers and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place added pressures on maritime workers globally.The round-the-clock helpline was set up by Sailors Welfare Association, an…

Crew Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Singapore

Aug 17, 2020

Fifteen Filipino seafarers aboard a Bahamas-flagged cargo ship have tested positive for COVID-19 in Singapore, local authorities said. Singapore's Ministry of Health reported the first positive case from the unnamed oceangoing vessel on August 12…

Crew Welfare Innovation Challenge Launched

Aug 03, 2020

Challenge for start-ups and SMEs will fund and test application that helps improve the safety of deck operations, minimizes fatigue on board, reduces administration on board and improves overall crew welfare.Mobile satellite communications provider…

Shipowners Struggle to Bring Home Crews Amid Coronavirus Chaos

Jul 22, 2020

Shipping companies are still struggling to get hundreds of thousands of crew members back home after many months at sea despite pledges by countries to ease transit restrictions for seafarers, industry officials say.Countries including the UK…

Dubai Reopens For Crew Changes

Jul 17, 2020

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) announced it is allowing crew changes to resume across all ports and anchorage areas in the region after crew changes in the major global shipping hub had been paused due to the coronavirus outbreak.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Desperate Times for Sailors Stranded by Pandemic

Jul 10, 2020

Jens Boysen disembarked one of the world’s largest container ships on Thursday after 167 days at sea when he has acted not only as captain but also as doctor, dentist, mental coach and entertainment director for his stressed-out crew.Almost 200…

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