Covid-19

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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Crew Voices: Fearful, Frustrated, Fatigued, Forgotten.

London. UK. Reporting for Human Rights at Sea, Port of London Authority Pilot, Ms. Ivana Carrioni-Burnett, provides an insight from her recent experiences in UK waters in relation to her interactions with seafarers during the COVID-19 crisis. Fearful, Frustrated, Fatigued, Forgotten These are the feelings which have been voiced by the crews I have been …

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Officer shortfall forecast to widen according to Drewry

The current officer shortfall to crew the global merchant fleet is forecast to widen amid reduced attractiveness of a career at sea, according to the latest report from the global shipping consultancy Drewry. The consultancy estimates that there is a global officer shortage equating to around 2% of overall demand, though presently this is masked …

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NEAS enhances safety measures for Arctic sealift

IQALUIT, NU, / KUUJJUAQ, QC — The NEAS Group has announced new enhanced safety features for essential summer sealift, marine cargo, containers and traditional community resupply services available for valued customers across Canada’s Eastern and Western Arctic, Polar and Remote High North regions for the upcoming 2020 sailing season. For the summer sealift 2020 season, …

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UN agencies call for urgent action on crew changes and keyworker designation for sea and air workers

From the middle of June 2020, around 150,000 seafarers a month will require international flights to ensure crew changeovers can take place. Half of these seafarers need to be repatriated home by aircraft, the other half will be joining ships. The heads of the maritime, labour and aviation organizations of the United Nations have issued …

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How green stimulus measures could fuel shipping’s decarbonization

By Johannah Christensen, Managing Director, Global Maritime Forum and Anthony Hobley Executive Director, Mission Possible Platform, World Economic Forum Policymakers should invest in shipping’s green transition when deciding on policies and stimulus measures to kickstart the global economy. We are in the middle of a global health crisis that will have severe consequences for people around …

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Global sailing schedules fall victim to COVID-19

The practice of cancelling sailings on an industrial scale has been, since February, the strategy put in place by the carriers to address the huge volume drop across major container trades globally, since the outbreak of COVID-19. UK-based Drewry consultancy believes that carriers will continue the practice of large-scale blank sailings “for months” and urges …

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