Seafarers adrift in currents of virus' shadow

Seafarers adrift in currents of virus' shadow
KARL WILSON 2021-06-12

Immense mental health and financial pressure have plagued unsung heroes in shipping industry amid the pandemic

At noon on June 25, commercial ships around the world will sound their horns to mark International Seafarers' Day. A symbolic gesture to the estimated 2 million men and women who work the world's merchant fleet, it will also be a mark of respect recognizing them as the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clemency for delisted seafarers

Clemency for delisted seafarers
Atty. Dennis Gorecho June 2, 2021 https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/06/02/clemency-for-delisted-seafarers/

A seafarer who is penalized with delisting from the registry of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) may be granted clemency under certain circumstances.

Synergy Marine Group, Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc partner to bring seafarers WeTeam emotional and well-being support

Synergy Marine Group, Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc partner to bring seafarers WeTeam emotional and well-being support
June 11, 2021 https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/06/11/supplements/synergy-marine-group-...

More than 300 liners waiting for berth space, container congestion mapped globally

More than 300 liners waiting for berth space, container congestion mapped globally
Sam Chambers June 11, 2021 https://splash247.com/more-than-300-liners-waiting-for-berth-space-conta...

Crew change challenge peaks with dead captain stuck on board ship for months

Crew change challenge peaks with dead captain stuck on board ship for months
IDHA TOFT VALEUR 09.06.21 https://shippingwatch.com/carriers/article13043796.ece

Almost two months have passed since an Italian captain died aboard an Evergreen ship. But the ship has since been denied access to several Asian ports due to Covid-19 infection. As a result, it has proven impossible to get the captain home.

The challenges with crew changes and access to ports have been manifold since the pandemic erupted.

6 hurt as cargo ship catches fire near Delpan Bridge in Manila

6 hurt as cargo ship catches fire near Delpan Bridge in Manila
Krissy Aguilar - June 12, 2021 https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1445174/6-hurt-as-cargo-ship-catches-fire-...

MANILA, Philippines — At least six persons were injured after a cargo ship caught fire near the Delpan Bridge in Tondo, Manila Saturday.

Norwegian offshore rig workers warn of strike from June 17 if demands not met

Norwegian offshore rig workers warn of strike from June 17 if demands not met
June 11, 2021 https://splash247.com/norwegian-offshore-rig-workers-warn-of-strike-from...

More than 1,000 Norwegian offshore rig workers could go on strike on June 17 if wage negotiations with the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) fail.

Why the world is in a shipping crisis" "Rather than turning frugal, consumers started spending all that cash they had tucked away for travel and restaurants on stuff. It's no secret people started buying treadmills, couches, and hair dye more than ever."

Why the world is in a shipping crisis
11 June 2021 https://www.businessinsider.com/shipping-crisis-causing-shortages-why-20...

The price for a shipping container is looking a lot like a meme stock.

The surge in shipping costs points to our shortage of semiconductors, lumber, chicken, chlorine, and, really, "just about everything." The pandemic broke the supply chain last year, and the shipping companies that move stuff all over the world still haven't recovered.

Marina at 47: Full speed ahead despite the pandemic--"Even in the height of the pandemic, the Philippines was able to deploy 217,223 seafarers"

Marina at 47: Full speed ahead despite the pandemic
Genivi Verdejo June 11, 2021 https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/06/11/supplements/marina-at-47-full-spe...

Impacted by the global pandemic that rendered shipping and transport almost helpless against economic slowdown with ships and crew not able to transport people and cargos, the country's custodian of its maritime development stands at the aft, guiding a strong and resilient industry.

Tech-driven maritime training key to attracting Gen Z

Tech-driven maritime training key to attracting Gen Z
11 June 2021 https://www.thedigitalship.com/news/maritime-software/item/7346-tech-dri...

Shipping and maritime companies hoping to attract Generation Z (Gen Z) talent should develop personalised and interactive eLearning programmes featuring video content and bold colours, according to education industry research and experts.

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