COVID-19 Maritime News

AMSA in Australia is cracking down on ships were the crews are overdue for change:


It doesn’t say if Australia allow seafarer to enter Australia to join ships, or to be repatriated to their home countries. (??)

A well known personality in shipping in India and S.E.Asia has died from Covid-19. RIP:


I never met him personally, but have heard about him for years. He was very influential in Maritime education in India and beyond.

From Maasmond Newsclippings today:
The forgotten group
Last Saturday in The Netherlands it was National Veterans Day, memorizing all who have Fallen for our freedom. What I really miss is the mentioning of our seafarers. They automatically were under Navy control, and are thereby considered as veterans. Not a single word was dedicated To them, who made a significant difference to the end of the war. Why are seafarers being observed as low-live forms, being ignored by people who do not realize their prosperity and welfare depends on their work. LET US HONOUR OUR SEAFARERS, REPATRIATE THEM HOME ! AS A FORMER MERCHANT OFFICER I AM DISAPPOINTED Not only by our Dutch government but by all governmental organizations who deliberately counteract seafarers to be reunited with their families. Without seafarers the world will stop turning !!!
#seafarersarekeyworkers
Henk , A former merchant navy officer

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Covid-19 impact on seafarers around the world:
https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/survey-to-assess-covid-19-impact-on-maritime-workforce-launched-by-lloyds-register/?utm_campaign=CL_SAS_Newswire1_20200630_SAS_e-production_E-67839_CV_0630_0400&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Suicide epidemic among seafarers caused by the pandemic?

Manila is opening up for speedy handling of returning seafarers:

BIMCO issue Covid-19 and crew change clause to it’s T/C form 2020:
https://www.bimco.org/contracts-and-clauses/bimco-clauses/current/covid-19-crew-change-clause-for-time-charter-parties-2020

Tomorrow ships in port are requested to sound their horns in solidarity with their fellow seafarers who are long overdue for crew change:
https://www.ics-shipping.org/news/press-releases/2020/06/30/global-shipping-fleet-to-sound-horns-on-8-july-to-remind-governments-over-need-for-urgent-crew-change

Suicides among seafarers has been a hot topic in the maritime news media during these Covid-19 times.
Now MLC’06 MAY be overhauled to address the problem:

The crew change situation has been very much in the Maritime News these last two weeks especially. Here is another long arcticle on the subject:

Just heard a story of a guy half dead on a vessel in port not allowed to get ashore so they flew a doctor out

What ever happened with the Maersk Idaho?

She was disinfected, crew changed out. They made a short port call at PIT to load/unload and sailed for somewhere in the gulf (Texas). Only lost about a day or so. It was a quick turnaround.

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