Humanitarian

New Zealand to phase out livestock exports

  New Zealand’s agriculture minister Damien O’Connor announced the country will cease the export of livestock by sea following a transition period of up to two years. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the curve in a world where …

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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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IMO warns crew change crisis is far from over and issues around vaccination need to be resolved

  The crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions continues to cause challenges, despite some improvement in the numbers, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization has warned.   In a statement, Secretary General Kitack Lim said that according to industry analysis, the numbers of seafarers requiring repatriation after finishing their contracts had declined from …

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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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