Humanitarian

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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UN pleades for seafarers to be designated as key workers to resolve crew change crisis

The United Nations General Assembly has called on UN Member States to designate seafarers and other marine personnel as key workers and to implement relevant measures to allow stranded seafarers to be repatriated and others to join ships, and to ensure  access to medical care. In a resolution on International cooperation to address challenges faced …

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Cambridge Bay’s innovative home concept for the Arctic tundra

To give you a taste of the new edition of Maritime Magazine (98), currently under press, here is the new Arctic column from our specialist in northern affairs, Carroll McCormick. Cambridge Bay photo above: Jane George Arctic housing leaves much to be desired, and there are not nearly enough family homes to go around. “There …

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Pirates kidnapping more seafarers off West Africa, IMB reports

Anti-piracy training in the Gulf of Guinea. Photo: US Navy In its latest report for the third quarter of the year, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) bureau notes pirates armed with guns and knives are abducting larger groups of seafarers further off the West African coast than before. IMB’s latest global piracy report details …

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Mercy Ships present the Global Mercy, World’s Largest NGO Hospital Ship (Updated)

  Construction of what has been described as the world’s largest civilian/NGO hospital ship – the Global Mercy– is making progress and is nearing completion in China. Mercy Ships, a faith-based global organization powered by charitable donors and volunteers, has been providing world-class surgical care to those in need for more than 40 years, free of …

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MSC Sees hydrogen and biofuels as key components of future fuels

Bud Darr, Executive Vice President Maritime Policy & Government Affairs at MSC Group,  Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, the world’s second-largest containerline, said it is further exploring the viability of hydrogen and fuels derived from it as a possible fuel source for the future of container shipping, and is increasingly pioneering the …

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Mercy Ships back on board for Nor-Shipping 2021

  For a while now, Mercy Ships has been tweeting about a “nice surprise” to be announced on October 6. Now, the news is out and it’s great news. Nor-Shipping is welcoming Mercy Ships back on board as its charity partner for 2021. The arena for Ocean Solutions, which takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm from 1-4 …

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Too easily forgotten heroes under COVID-19 (Forum)

Widely regarded as the senior statesman of world maritime journalism, Michael Grey* offers, in our FORUM section, an impassioned commentary on seafarers as the too easily forgotten heroes of COVID-19. “Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future” might seem somewhat an obvious observation – a bit like suggesting that the sea is a necessary adjunct to …

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Beirut explosion leaves city devastated, people desperate. We can help

After the horrific live images of the blast, these pictures borrowed from the Web leave no doubt as to the violence of the explosion that destroyed the port of Beyrout. In a food deprived country as Lebanon, losing a grain elevator will have dramatic impacts. International help must be organized at once. To this end, …

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