International Shipsuppliers and Services Association (ISSA) expressed its concerns about seafarers difficult state, as they may be unable to receive essential medical supplies and provisions as the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold around the world.
Nautilus has reported that a global energy major, that remains anonymous, has banned 15 seafarers from joining its oil and gas tanker fleet as part of its COVID-19 coronavirus containment strategy.
Following the challenge arising by the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Transport Workers’ Federation issued a letter to the European Commission, outlining the risks of the coronavirus to the transport workers and a contingency plan to remedy this.
SafeLearn, a product line of Safebridge, launches a new online training called “Mastering Daily Navigation.” The course is designed to educate and refresh the knowledge of all watchkeeping ranks on how to combine traditional navigation with modern-day technology.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis many ports and states issue restrictions and guidelines concerning vessels arriving in ports and seafarers embarking or disembarking vessels. Therefore, Nautilus issued some FAQs focusing on the MLC 2006 and the Seafarers’ Employment Agreement (SEA).
The Republic of Marshall Islands issued a marine safety advisory concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, urging vessels calling in affected ports to be cautious and informs that they are focusing on the efficient implementation of seafarer employment agreements, as much as possible, so all seafarers are repatriated.
According to the Manila Times, Far East Maritime Foundation Inc. (Femfi) in Philippines, held a mental health awareness campaign for seafarers, so as to avoid suicide incidents. Specifically, the initiative addressed how to ensure seafarers’ ability to work productively while improve their mental health.
In its latest issue, CHIRP discusses the issue of fatigue, after receiving a report from a seafarer working in the harbour towage sector about the working and rest hours and the feeling of fatigue received from their co-workers.
Filipino seafarers have to deal with stress beginning from shore, months prior to their shipboard deployment when training, assessments and examinations consume a chunk of their shore leave. He added that master mariners need 20 to 30 trainings for them to become fully compliant to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention.
AMSA informs that travel restrictions and quarantine measures which have been implemented worldwide to help limit the spread of COVID-19 are beginning to impact seafarer working conditions.
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