India’s huge second wave of Covid-19 infections has hit the international shipping industry, which relies on the country for seafarers, as crews come down with the disease and ports deny entry to vessels.
Cyprus is set to give 40,000 seafarers jabs under a Covid-19 vaccination plan for seafarers on any vessel flying the Cypriot flag and of those managed from the nation.
A record of over 120,000 Chinese seafarers served on international, non-China vessels last year according to figures from the country’s maritime safety administration.
London-based Greek shipowners have slammed governments and regulators for failing to recognise the key role seafarers and shipping staff play in ensuring global trade continues in the tumultuous circumstances now being experienced.
The move by RightShip to include human rights and seafarer welfare as part of a comprehensive expansion of its vetting criteria drew a strong positive reaction from the industry on social media.
Data from Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS) showed a growth in mental health problems among seafarers in a three-month period to the end of February.