Covid-19

Indian Navy sends seven warships to import oxygen for COVID relief

  In support of India’s fight against Covid-19 and as part of operation Samudra Setu II, the seven Indian Naval (INS) ships Kolkata, Kochi,  Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat have been deployed for shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries announced the Indian Navy. INS Kolkata and INS …

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InterManager vows to source vaccinations for seafarers

  Frustrated by the lack of progress and slow pace of international efforts, InterManager has vowed to work separately to obtain much-needed Covid-19 vaccines to protect the world’s more than one and a half million seafarers and thereby keep international trade routes open. InterManager President Mark O’Neil declared: “Global organisations have talked their way round …

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SIU urges federal action plan to immediately vaccinate Canadian seafarers

    Mr. Renato Battisti, who for almost 10 years held the position of chief cook on board several Desgagnés ships and more recently on board  the Damia Desgagnés, died as a result of a fierce fight against Covid-19 last April. The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is demanding a meeting with the federal Minister …

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Joint letter urges the UK to establish international seafarer vaccination hub

  Nautilus International and the UK Chamber of Shipping have urged Maritime Minister Robert Courts MP to support establishing the UK as an international seafarer vaccination hub, where seafarers of all nationalities can access Covid-19 vaccines while their vessels are in ports around the UK. In a joint letter to the minister, Nautilus general secretary …

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ICS launches COVID-19 vaccine guide to secure seafarer safety

  The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has coordinated a number of shipping bodies in launching a practical guide on COVID-19 vaccinations for use throughout the industry. The guide is part of an effort to ensure that seafarers are kept safe and fully informed when it comes to vaccines, while also maintaining the integrity of …

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Transport Canada revises measures for seafarer certificates amidst COVID pandemic

  Transport Canada has announced revised temporary measures pertaining to marine personnel certificates, discharge books, marine medical certificates and general marine counter services implemented during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security has determined, as specified below, that certain personnel certificates be granted an extension of validity to address challenges related …

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Proof of seafarer vaccinations poses legal minefield for shipping companies

  London – The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has warned that lack of access to vaccinations for seafarers is placing shipping in a ‘legal minefield,’ while leaving global supply chains vulnerable. A legal document due to be circulated to the global shipping community later this week by ICS highlights concerns that vaccinations could soon …

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IMO warns crew change crisis is far from over and issues around vaccination need to be resolved

  The crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions continues to cause challenges, despite some improvement in the numbers, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization has warned.   In a statement, Secretary General Kitack Lim said that according to industry analysis, the numbers of seafarers requiring repatriation after finishing their contracts had declined from …

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Seafarers gain exemption from having to quarantine in the UK starting March 19

  As part of the UK Chamber of Shipping’s ongoing work with the UK government, the Department for Transport announced on March 15 that all seafarers, irrespective of nationality, will be exempted from Red List (Acute List in Scotland) country restrictions, most notably mandatory hotel quarantine, with effect from 0400 on Friday 19 March 2021.  Seafarers …

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Crystal to launch first North American large ship cruises since the pandemic

  NASSAU AND MIAMI – In a joint virtual press conference with the Honorable Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism & Aviation for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Crystal Cruises announced its plans yesterday to restart cruising with new close-to-home Bahamas Escapes beginning July 3, 2021 with a series of 16 seven-night, round-trip cruises from Nassau …

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