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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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Global crew abandonment cases hit new high

  Syrian chief officer Mohamed Aisha was unable to return home for four years after the shipowner of the MV Aman abandoned the vessel and its crew in the Suez Canal. I​​​​n May 2021, ITF Arab World and Iran network coordinator Mohamed Arrachedi helped Aisha leave the MV Aman return to his family after just four months of involvement in …

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Justifying the unjustifiable on inhuman seafarer crisis… (forum)

    By Michael Grey* Nobody should be surprised that there has been something of a fight back by ship operators after the World Maritime University’s research earlier in the year showed up widespread “adjustment” in the recording of seafarers’ hours of work and rest (see A Culture of Adjustment). It was a shocking report, …

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Shipping’s nightmare with the Gulf of Guinea pirates (Forum)

  By Michael Grey* There will be few seafarers today who sail off to the Gulf of Guinea with a light heart and cheerful demeanour, any more than they did a couple of hundred years ago, when disease was endemic along its shores. It is a different sort of blight today, with the depredations of …

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A Captain caught after a slaughter at sea (Forum)

  Taiwanese Ping Shin 101 on which occurred the murders at sea described in this gut wretching article by investigative reporter Ian Urbina*.   Photo Credit: Fish-I Africa The men are helpless in the open water, clinging to floating debris, tossed by the rolling ocean waves. Several large fishing ships circle. None of the victims have life jackets, but no one makes …

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World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship Successfully Passes Final Sea Trials

  Victoria, British Columbia – Mercy Ships announced that the Global Mercy has now completed deep water sea trials, one of the final milestones in the countdown towards the hospital ship’s delivery, equipping, maiden voyage and launch into service to sub-Saharan Africa in 2022. Deep water trials are designed to test the vessel during extended sailing time to …

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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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Syrian chief mate flies home after four years in hell

  The four-year plight of a sole seafarer trapped on his vessel unable to go home due to political and legal hurdles has been resolved. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that its local union representative, who had been pleading the case to Egyptian port and immigration officials, was able to arrange a solution …

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Shame on the Red Sea Port Authority of Egypt

  This story borrowed directly from The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) will shake your heart for sure. If it doesn’t, maybe you don’t have one. It is somewhat reminiscent of the tales from The Death Ship (Das Totenschiff), a novel by the pseudonymous author known as B.Traven. The Death Ship describes the predicament of …

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