COVID-19: 300,000 seafarers need flights for crew changes, says UNCTAD estimate

COVID-19: 300,000 seafarers need flights for crew changes, says UNCTAD estimate
Shagun Kapil 11 June 2020 https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/economy/covid-19-300-000-seafarers-n...

About half the seafarers will have to travel home by air for repatriation, while the other half will need to join ships for work

Inter-island travel pass no longer required

Inter-island travel pass no longer required
DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA June 12, 2020 https://www.panaynews.net/inter-island-travel-pass-no-longer-required/

BACOLOD City – Officials in Western Visayas have agreed to reopen their borders for inter-island travel, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental announced yesterday.

CBCP official saddened by death of Pinoy seafarer, calls authorities to prioritize OFWs welfare

CBCP official saddened by death of Pinoy seafarer, calls authorities to prioritize OFWs welfare
Leslie Ann Aquino June 12, 2020 https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/12/cbcp-official-saddened-by-death-of-pin...

The death of Filipino seafarer Mariah Jocson saddened an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.

Filipina cruise ship worker dies by suicide while awaiting repatriation

Filipina cruise ship worker dies by suicide while awaiting repatriation
Sofia Tomacruz June 11, 2020 https://www.rappler.com/nation/263543-filipino-seafarer-dies-by-suicide-...

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the 28-year-old Filipina died in her cabin in a cruise ship 'where she's had to stay because repatriation flights back to the Philippines have been suspended again'

Cabin steward becomes grill king to earn income amid quarantine

Cabin steward becomes grill king to earn income amid quarantine
June 11, 2020 https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/hobbiesandactivities/742257/ca...

326 Indian seafarers arrive in Goa from Manila

326 seafarers arrive from Manila
11 Jun 2020 | https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/326-seafarers-arrive-from-Manila/161705

VASCO: The 10th repatriation flight from Manila arrived with 326 stranded seafarers at Goa Airport on Wednesday morning.

All health and social distance protocols followed ensuring smooth arrival and exit.

David Osler : If seafarers were tourists, crew changes would not be a problem

If seafarers were tourists, crew changes would not be a problem
David Osler 10 Jun 2020 https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com/LL1132632/If-seafare...

Indonesia--Moratorium on seafarer recruitment short-term answer: ministry

Moratorium on seafarer recruitment short-term answer: ministry
11 June 2020 https://en.antaranews.com/news/150520/moratorium-on-seafarer-recruitment...

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A moratorium on the recruitment of Indonesian seafarers on foreign fishing ships would only serve as a short-term solution to the problem of forced labor at sea, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Covid-19 brings unique opportunity to reshape maritime as a more attractive career prospect

Covid-19 brings unique opportunity to reshape maritime as a more attractive career prospect
Sam Chambers June 8th, 2020 https://splash247.com/covid-19-brings-unique-opportunity-to-reshape-mari...

The working conditions created ashore by Covid-19 could serve as a springboard to making shipping a more attractive career opportunity, a virtual forum featuring 15 young shipping organisations was told on Friday.

UN Bodies Reiterate Calls for Facilitating Crew Changes, ‘Key Worker’ Designation

UN Bodies Reiterate Calls for Facilitating Crew Changes, ‘Key Worker’ Designation
Mike Schuler June 10, 2020 https://gcaptain.com/un-bodies-reiterate-calls-for-facilitating-crew-cha...

The trade and maritime bodies of the United Nations are reiterating calls for governments to facilitate crew changes in order to keep trade flowing unimpeded.

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