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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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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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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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Mission to Seafarers launches new flagship campaign

LONDON -The Mission to Seafarers today announced the launch of a new flagship campaign to address the severe welfare issues facing seafarers worldwide in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The Flying Angel campaign is a top priority for the Mission as crews remain trapped on vessels owing to travel restrictions, subject to quarantine …

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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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Global Marine Travel working on efficient crew repatriation

Each month about 150,000 seafarers need to be changed over to and from the ships which they operate to ensure compliance with international maritime regulations which ensures crew safety, health and welfare, and the prevention of fatigue. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a large number of seafarers extending their service onboard ships after …

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ECSA and ETF request EU coordination on implementing IMO Framework for ensuring safe ship crew changes

The European Community Shipowners association (ECSA)and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) sent a joint letter to the European Commissioner for Transport, requesting her assistance in ensuring EU-wide coordination on implementing the IMO’s ‘Framework of Protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’. The IMO recently published the 12-point …

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Stress, fatigue and dread characterize life aboard ships during pandemic

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed real insight into the lives of seafarers during the global Covid-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, the report reveals seafarer happiness is lower, with clear concerns about current safety and welfare provision for those serving at sea. Seafarers are urgently calling for improved …

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