P&O accused of abusing Covid-19 crisis by replacing UK staff with Filipino agency crew on £4.50 an hour

P&O accused of abusing Covid-19 crisis by replacing UK staff with Filipino agency crew on £4.50 an hour
Beth Robson 29 May 2020 https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/p-o-to-replace-60-uk-workers-wit...

P&O Ferries has today been accused of blatantly abusing the Covid-19 crisis by replacing UK seafarers with agency crew from the Philippines for £4.50 per hour.

Seafarer’s manning agency responsible for quarantine costs, DoLE rules

Seafarer’s manning agency responsible for quarantine costs, DoLE rules
Gillian M. Cortez May 29, 2020 https://www.bworldonline.com/seafarers-manning-agency-responsible-for-qu...

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has ordered manning agencies to absorb the cost of quarantining seafarers.

More than 5,000 Pinoy seafarers still stranded in ships in Manila Bay

More than 5,000 seafarers still stranded in ships in Manila Bay
Daphne Galvez - May 28, 2020 https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1282558/5000-to-6000-seafarers-still-stran...

MANILA, Philippines — Between 5,000 to 6,000 seafarers, who were already tested and cleared for the coronavirus diseases, are still stranded in ships in Manila Bay.

Waves of uncertainty: Seafarers reveal month-long ordeal on board cruise ships

Waves of uncertainty: Seafarers reveal month-long ordeal on board cruise ships
Tristan Nodalo, May 28, 2020 https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/5/28/Seafarers-cruise-ships-covid-1...

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) — It was welcome news for thousands of overseas Filipino workers when President Rodrigo Duterte ordered government agencies to fast track their release from quarantine facilities.

Governments must help stranded seafaring 'unsung heroes' get home

Governments must help stranded seafaring 'unsung heroes' get home
Gavin van Marle 29/05/2020

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has called on national governments to recognise seafarers as essential workers, as the number of stranded crews continues to rise.

Seafarer fatalities shows shipping must do more

Seafarer fatalities shows shipping must do more
29/05/2020 https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/seafarer-fatalities-shows-shipping-...

UK Chamber secures exemptions for seafarers and offshore workers from quarantine rules

UK Chamber secures exemptions for seafarers and offshore workers from quarantine rules
30/05/2020 https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/uk-chamber-secures-exemptions-for-s...

The UK Chamber of Shipping has succeeded in securing exemptions for seafarers and offshore workers from the requirement that persons arriving in the UK from 8 June 2020 self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Global shipping body addresses the health concerns of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Global shipping body addresses the health concerns of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic
29/05/2020 https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/global-shipping-body-addresses-the-...

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued updated health guidance for the global shipping industry to ensure ship operators and crew can safely deal with seafarers struggling with medical conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

ICS updates health guidance as seafarers denied care during pandemic

ICS updates health guidance as seafarers denied care during pandemic
Lee Hong Liang | May 29, 2020 https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/casualty/ics-updates-health-guidance-s...

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has raised the alarm on an increasing number of seriously ill seafarers being denied medical evacuation or access to ports during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Asian shipowners urge ‘key worker’ status for seafarers

Asian shipowners urge ‘key worker’ status for seafarers
Cichen She 28 May 2020

In its latest annual gathering, Asian Shipowners’ Association, chaired by the Maritime Industry of Australia chairman David Parmeter, called on governments to implement the recent IMO circular letter to ensure safe ship crew changes and travel amid the coronavirus outbreak

The association also vowed to support shipping’s carbon-free path despite the economic damage from the pandemic shockwave

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