Covid-19

Global tripartite initiative to support breaking crew change deadlock

Joint release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) have …

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Too easily forgotten heroes under COVID-19 (Forum)

Widely regarded as the senior statesman of world maritime journalism, Michael Grey* offers, in our FORUM section, an impassioned commentary on seafarers as the too easily forgotten heroes of COVID-19. “Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future” might seem somewhat an obvious observation – a bit like suggesting that the sea is a necessary adjunct to …

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Mayflower Autonomous Ship to be launched next week

Powered by AI and the energy from the sun, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) will be able to spend vast periods of time at sea, collecting data about our oceans. Said to be safer, more flexible and cost-effective than today’s manned research vessels, the new-generation Mayflower promises to transform ocean science, enabling scientists to gather …

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The Panama Canal Extends Temporary Relief Measures for Customers to End of 2020

  Panama City, Panama – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the global economy, the Panama Canal has annonced it will extend its temporary relief measures to December 31, 2020, offering further support for the industry’s recovery. This extension comes after continued dialogue between the Canal and industry leaders on how to best provide relief …

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Hapag-Lloyd confirms two crew members test COVID positive in Vancouver

  Hapag-Lloyd today reported that two crew members on board the 8,600 TEU containership Sofia Express tested positive for COVID-19 while the vessel was at anchor at the Port of Vancouver’s Deltaport terminal. “Local authorities were duly notified and the mariners were immediately isolated and brought to a quarantine facility ashore. We are hoping for a …

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The Philippines open new crew change hubs

Manila-The Department of Transportation (DOTr), Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, MARINA, and the Office for Transportation Security, have worked together to activate crew change hubs in the Philippines, in order to help address the worldwide need to provide maritime vessels the avenue to refresh their manpower, especially given the current situation and the array …

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Port of London Pilot, Ms. Ivana Carrioni-Burnett, shares a new personal insight during the COVID-19 crisis (Forum)

Photo : Ivana Maria Carrioni-Burnett 10 August 2020  by Ivana Maria Carrioni-Burnett London. UK.  Reporting for Human Rights at Sea , Port of London Authority Pilot, Ms. Ivana Carrioni-Burnett, provides another* personal insight during the COVID-19 crisis. At Maritime Magazine, we were struck by this bold statement which drives forward the importance of shipping and in particular the priceless …

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BC Ferries releases first quarter, COVID-19-influenced results

  VICTORIA –BC Ferries released its first-quarter results today for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The COVID-19 global pandemic had a significant impact on first-quarter results. Net losses for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 were $62 million, compared to net earnings of $12.2 million for the same quarter of the previous year. …

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Seafarers still in crisis: a new survey reveals a drop in the happiness index of seafarers 

By Alizée Dussault The well-being and mental health of seafarers have been a topic  seen in the media for a few years now, although the maritime industry remains largely unknown to the general public. However, the subject has never been as hot as it is today, as the Covid-19 pandemic has left more than 300,000 …

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Thirteen countries sign joint statement on Crew change at virtual summit

Photo: V. Group The International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes was held on June 9, hosted by the United Kingdom in London. Following this summit came a joint statement signed by thirteen countries who have agreed to new international measures to open up foreign borders for seafarers and increase the number of commercial flights to …

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