Covid-19

Manila creates ‘green lane’ for seafarers

Manila – The Philippines, the world’s top crewing hub, opened the first “green lane” for seafarers in Asia to finally allow the free movement of seafarers and personnel across borders. The joint circular for the Philippine Green Lane was signed Thursday by senior government officials in Manila. The Joint Circular, which takes effect upon signing, …

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Name change announced for Canadian Coast Guard vessel Edward Cornwallis

The CCGS Edward Cornwallis outside Halifax, whose controversial founder of the same name is known to have put a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in 1749 while he was governor of Nova Scotia. Photo: Mac Mackay DARTMOUTH, NS, June 30, 2020 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is working with Indigenous peoples to right the wrongs …

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BIMCO introduced Covid-19 crew change clause

Even though travel restrictions are beginning to ease, there are still restrictions in many countries impacting on crew changes. International shipping association BIMCO has therefore produced a special Covid-19 crew change clause for time charter parties designed to give owners the liberty to deviate for crew changes under tightly defined circumstances. It also provides an …

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COVID-19 tests negative for Canadian Coast Guard crews departed for Arctic

(photo Canadian Coast Guard) All personnel onboard Canadian Coast Guard vessels going to the Arctic this season will be tested for COVID-19 before deployment. “This is a total of approximately 960 tests, including two crew changes throughout the season,” said Benoit Myrand, spokesman for the Canadian Coast Guard. “We are working with provincial health authorities …

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On this 2020 Day of the Seafarer ECSA and ETF cry out: Let them go home!

Photo: ECSA The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) pleads the EU has to start acting to resolve the current crew change crisis Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, seafarers around the world have been facing difficulties in being replaced by other crew and getting repatriated. Specifically for Europe, the …

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COVID testing accord reached for CCG crew members being deployed from Québec City to Arctic

By Leo Ryan, Editor Responding to questions from Maritime Magazine, the Canadian Coast Guard disclosed that an agreement has been reached with the provincial health authorities guaranteeing COVID-19 testing of crew members prior to deployment from Québec City to the Arctic for the whole icebreaking season. The icebreaking services starting June 22 and lasting until November …

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Canadian Coast Guard assures “extraordinary measures” precede start of Arctic shipping season

By Leo Ryan, Editor The Canadian Coast Guard stresses that it has applied “extraordinary measures” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in advance of the 2020 Arctic icebreaking season that kicks off on June 22. “Throughout this pandemic, the Canadian Coast Guard has taken extraordinary measures to protect our employees and the general public as we continue …

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Seaway cargo volumes impacted by COVID-19

While St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes decreased during the past two months due to economic shifts related to COVID-19, industry leaders said the binational trade and transportation corridor is ready to play its part in the economic recovery efforts in the coming months. The latest figures show that cargo transported on the St. Lawrence Seaway from April …

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Support crew changeovers and keep ports/ships running urge UN entities

The world’s reliance on maritime transport makes it more important than ever to keep ships moving, ports open and cross-border trade flowing, and to support ship crew changeovers, the United Nations maritime and trade entities said in a joint statement today signed by Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations …

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Port of Prince Rupert volumes remain strong amidst COVID-19

May cargo volumes reveal that the Port of Prince Rupert’s performance remains strong during a challenging economic situation and illustrate that a diverse port complex is critical to ensuring resiliency, the West Coast Pacific gateway reported. Rising dry bulk activity has offset a sharp decrease in the intermodal sector. Overall, the Port of Prince Rupert’s …

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