Covid-19

World shipping losses lower but serious cyber/climate change challenges on horizon

  Dreamstime photo shows yellow cutting cranes over Golden Ray car carrier that capsized near Brunswick, Georgia. The international shipping industry continued its long-term positive safety trend over the past year but has to master Covid challenges, apply the learnings from the Ever Given Suez Canal incident and prepare for cyber and climate change challenges …

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Happiness level of seafarers dropping steeply

  According to the latest Seafarers Happiness Index released by the Mission to Seafarers, the happiness level of the world’s seafarers is falling lower and lower. The average score across 10 questions revealed happiness levels of seafarers for the second quarter of 2021 at 5.99/10, a steep and concerning drop from 6.46 in the first …

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Vaccination delays causing crew shortages and rising wages, warns Danica

  Costs are rising in the crewing sector and crew shortages are beginning to be seen as Covid-19 travel restrictions and vaccination delays impact on the availability of trained seafarers, warns Danica Crewing Services. Noting recent changes in the availability of crew members, Henrik Jensen, Danica Managing Director, said that the Eastern European crewing market …

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Ships will sound their horns in Canada to support urgent need to vaccinate seafarers

  Ships will sound their horns at ports across Canada at 12 noon (local time) on June 25th — the Day of the Seafarer — as part of a worldwide effort to recognize the critical role marine workers have played during the pandemic and to urge governments to prioritize vaccinations for crews aboard ships. Throughout …

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Proposed US bills could devastate BC cruise industry

  Three bills tabled in the US  Senate seek to allow foreign-flag cruise ships to bypass British Columbia on their Alaska voyages, dealing a serious blow to the province’s multi-billion dollar tourism sector. Current laws temporarily allow the vessels to travel directly between US ports without touching a foreign country. If the bills tabled late …

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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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