Covid-19

SIU Canada urges inclusion of seafarers in ‘Phase 2’ vaccinations

  The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) has called on officials from the Provinces and Territories across the country to include marine sector workers in their ‘Phase 2’ plans to vaccinate essential workers against the COVID-19 virus. Up to this point, there has been no direct mention of seafarers and marine sector workers in …

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Transport Canada reaffirms its intention to enforce MLC rules on crew changes

Transport Canada has issued a Ship Safety Bulletin stating that it will apply the provisions of the 2016 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), to which Canada is a signatory, over the duration of the contract and repatriation. The statement underlines that a seafarer that has completed 11 months onboard, he or she has the right to get …

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Transport Canada intends to enforce MLC rules on crew changes

Transport Canada has issued a Ship Safety Bulletin stating it will be enforcing the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) provisions on duration of contract and repatriation. The statement underlines that a seafarer that has completed 11 months onboard, he or she has the right to get off and be repatriated at the owner’s expense. “Issues of fatigue …

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World Shipping Council pleads for more collaboration to mitigate Covid-19 challenges (Forum)

Ocean carriers are taking all available measures to improve the speed and efficiency of cargo movement including employing all available vessel tonnage says the World Shipping Council.  When demand dropped some 20-30% in Q2 2020, carriers curtailed services and idled vessels. However, as cargo volume rose, carriers redeployed those assets as quickly as possible. Alphaliner …

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As it stands, crew changes will get worse before they get better

Crew changes are once more becoming difficult as much of the world locks down again following the emergence of several new and more transmissible variants of Covid-19, warns crew specialist Danica. With travel corridors being closed and new travel restrictions imposed, airlines are once again cancelling or reducing flights which poses a problem for crew …

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen returns ships from lay-up

Norway’s Wallenius Wilhelmsen announced plans to reactivate vessels the company had laid up in mid-2020 in response to the challenging market conditions brought on by Covid-19 last year. «The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic saw a significant reduction in demand for cargo-carrying capacity across the globe. In response, we made the decision to recycle four …

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The ongoing seafarer crisis: do charterers have hearts? (FORUM)

Widely regarded as the senior statesman of world shipping journalism, Michael Grey* offers in our FORUM section, another impassioned commentary and an urgent suggestion for the intervention of BIMCO on seafarers so inhumanly treated during the mounting COVID crisis. Do seafarers have souls? Are they sentient human beings, with natural rights, or, as the last …

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Port of Montreal 2020 container tally will be better than expected

  By Leo Ryan, Editor Just last summer,  as the global pandemic was gathering momentum and the Montreal waterfront was hit by a series of docker strikes, the Port of Montreal was forecasting an approximate 13% plunge in total and container cargo for all of 2020. But as the exceptionally difficult year comes to a …

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IMO stands against «no crew change» clause

  IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has spoken out against “no crew change” clauses in charterparties, pointing out that such clauses exacerbate the dire situation of stranded seafarers and undermine the efforts undertaken to resolve the ongoing crew change crisis.  So-called “no crew change” clauses, which are demanded by certain charterers, state that no crew changes can occur whilst the charterer’s cargo is onboard – hence not allowing the …

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