Day of the Seafarer: Slow response from governments pushing seafarers to their limits

(Jun 25 2020)

Despite a universal campaign from all sectors of the shipping industry to classify seafarers as key workers, and to facilitate crew transfers, many governments are still dragging their heels, says INTERCARGO, the body representing the world’s dry bul...

As ports slowly open, ships look to replace exhausted seafarers

(Jun 18 2020)

Ravi Nagar was among the roughly 200,000 seafarers stranded on ships because of tight port restrictions and canceled flights due to Covid-19. But the 40-year-old captain is lucky.

Covid measures prove costly for crewing sector

(Jun 18 2020)

Ship operators are doing all they can to ensure the safety of seafarers around the globe and the trade of vital food and supplies – but these important measures are proving costly as well as tricky warns a crew specialist.

Man searches for family of Glengormley seaman killed alongside father in 1970 tanker blast

(Jun 11 2020)

An appeal has been launched to find the family of a ship's officer from Northern Ireland, killed in an oil tanker explosion 50 years ago.

Helpline cases triple as seafarers seek help during COVID-19 pandemic

(Jun 04 2020)

International 24-hour helpline SeafarerHelp, operated by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), has experienced a surge in demand as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affects seafarers worldwide.

STENA tanker stranded in Brazil for more than a month, being “test positive”

(May 28 2020)

Product tanker STENA PREMIUM is stuck at Cabedelo, Brazil, since Apr 24. Twelve crew were found virus test positive.

The NI launches new edition of Stowaways by Sea

(May 21 2020)

Stowaways are an age-old problem for shipping, but the threats they pose and the potential consequences and costs of stowaways getting on board have increased greatly in recent years.

During ‘Mental Health Awareness’ week Hanseaticsoft highlights how technology can support seafarers

(May 21 2020)

In Mental Health Awareness Week, Alexander Buchmann, Managing Director, of Hanseaticsoft is urging shipping companies to make better use of technology on board to support mental wellbeing both during the COVID-19 crisis and in the future.

Crude oil tanker bursts into flames in Medan, injuring 22

(May 14 2020)

At least 22 workers were injured when crude oil tanker Jag Leela exploded into flames at Belawan Port in Medan, North Sumatra.

IMO recommended framework of protocols for designated crew changes

(May 14 2020)

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.

Cyprus supports seafarers with formal crew changeover process

(May 07 2020)

The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) formally announces a new process to facilitate crew changes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sick Malaysian sailor evacuated from oil tanker off Durban coast

(Apr 30 2020)

A NSRI team evacuated a sick Malaysian sailor from a crude oil tanker off the coast of Durban on Sunday.

Solving the crew-change challenge is proving difficult warns crewing manager

(Apr 30 2020)

Crew managers attempting to repatriate or relieve seafarers are facing a number of challenges, and these may be the tip of the iceberg for the shipping industry, according to crewing specialist Henrik Jensen.

Marlink supports ship operators and their crews during COVID-19 pandemic

(Apr 23 2020)

Marlink has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by launching ‘StrongerTogether’, comprising a broad range of airtime packages and application solutions to support its customers in the maritime, fishing and offshore industries.

Trapped by COVID-19 – highlighting the plight of seafarers on board vessels

(Apr 23 2020)

CHIRP Maritime has published 3 Insight Articles on the plight of seafarers currently trapped on board and unable to be repatriated during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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