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Seafarers wanting to embark/disembark in the Port of Fujairah, UAE will now require a 96-hour in advance online visa.

It is not a lot of fun, after a long voyage across endless ocean, to be trapped aboard your ship in port, because the authorities will grant no shore leave to the members of the crew.

With the business world scrambling to understand the impact of US President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on immigration the West of England P&I Club has circulated advice from its US attorneys on how it could impact shipowners and managers with vessels calling the US.

The widening skills gap in the UK’s shore-side maritime sector is being exacerbated by the country’s restrictive immigration and visa policies, say academics and recruitment consultants at the Nautilus “Shore Enough?”  conference in London.

A coalition of seafarer and shipowner unions has demanded the EU take “urgent action” to prevent further loss of life in the Mediterranean.

The International Chamber of Shipping will urge EU governments at an IMO meeting tomorrow to save the lives of thousands of migrants by intervening in the "humanitarian crisis" in the Mediterranean Sea.

IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has stated the imperative that disposable migrant ships do not form “a new trend” in the Mediterranean, indicating that the problem must be addressed “at the highest level”.

The Mediterranean became a hotspot for incidents involving migrant ships over the holiday period with two abandoned vessels, Blue Sky M and Ezadeen, leaving over 1,370 immigrants stranded off Italy.

Incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made Athens his first call after being elected to head up the European Commission and though he made no promises, by the time he flew out of Athens, Greece believed it had an ally in Brussels. A key issue was illegal immigration, which concerns both the Greek government and the country’s shipowners.

This year, it was recently revealed, there were more people fleeing war, famine and persecution than at any time since the end of World War II. Maybe it should not surprise us, as everywhere we look there are terrible things happening, which prompt people to leave their homes.