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Crew kidnapping on the rise: Trends, Perspectives and Prospects

It is known that the Gulf of Guinea remains a hotspot for piracy incidents, as the latest IMB Piracy Annual Report revealed. To remind, 35 crew were kidnapped from their vessels in 2020, with the GoG accounting for over than 95% of crew kidnap numbers. Amid this crew kidnapping crisis that shipping industry is dealing with, speakers at the 2021 SAFETY4SEA Talk on security, discussed about key anti-piracy measures and the security challenges for the operators.

World Maritime Theme 2021: A year of action for seafarers

It is known that IMO has chosen to make 2021 a year of action for seafarers, following the unprecedented crisis they are dealing with due to COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this year’s World Maritime Theme “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future” seeks to increase the visibility of crew by drawing attention to the invaluable role they play now and will continue to play in the future.

MPA Singapore: 825 craft crew tested COVID-19 negative in one-time sweep

Amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, MPA of Singapore tested all harbour craft in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. Specifically, the authority reported that during a one-time testing operation involving 825 crew members onboard 98 harbour craft, there were no positive results for the virus.

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