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The Port of Halifax’s run of good news this week.

Ribbon cutting ceremony at port. Cranes.

PortandTerminal.com, October 23, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – It’s been a very good week at the Port of Halifax. On Thursday the port released strong third-quarter cargo results. Containerized throughput for Q3 was up by over 16%. Non-containerized tonnage was up by a whopping 114%. Granted, a big part of those increases were due to cargo being diverted to Halifax …

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Relief: China opens 10 ports to crew changes

Ship crew back to camera looking to shore

PortandTerminal.com, October 13, 2020 BEIJING – Ten Chinese ports will resume foreign crew change operations with certain requirements in place, taking into account the current COVID-19 situation. According to China’s Ministry of Transport, Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Haikou have been opened up for foreign ship crew changes. The owner or the manager of the ships …

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Why Is It More Expensive To Operate Ships During COVID?

Ship crew desecending stairway. Netting.

BLOOMBERG, OCTOBER 2, 2020 Crew costs rise 10% amid port restrictions, cancelled flights | 400,000 workers are stranded on ships past their contracts By Krystal Chia (Bloomberg) — Shipowners are facing rising labor costs as widespread Covid-related restrictions limit movement of seafarers and make crew swaps more expensive. Because relieving and replacing ship workers has become so difficult during the …

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Violent knife murder on board MSC container ship

PortandTerminal.com, September 29, 2020 The felony offence charged in the indictment carries a statutory maximum sentence of death or life in federal prison. LOS ANGELES – Was it the pressure of being trapped on board a container ship for month after month that caused one crew member on an MSC container ship to murder a colleague? We don’t yet know. …

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Maersk Calls for Action as Stranded Seafarers Rise to 400,000

A Maersk Eindhoven container ship moored in Yokohama, Japan.

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 United Nations, companies and governments meet on crisis |  Unilever, P&G among brands warning of supply disruption By K Oanh Ha and Jack Wittels for Bloomberg -The world’s largest container shipping companies and the United Nations Secretary-General are appealing to governments to resolve a labor crisis that has stranded 400,000 workers on boats, according to a new estimate from …

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Fed up and exhausted. Bulker crew downs tools and is repatriated thanks to ITF

Some of the Contamines crew thank the ITF for support throughout their ordeal as they finally head home

PortandTerminal.com, August 19, 2020 Exhausted crew members of South Korean-owned bulk carrier repatriated after downing their tools | Crew had been on board as virtual “slaves” with expired contracts and approaching a year at sea PANAMA CITY – Seafarers on the South Korean-owned bulk carrier ‘Contamines’ stood up and refused to work further as their ship came into berth in …

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New Risk to Global Supply Chains Emerges as Weary Crews, Stuck Offshore, Halt Work

Map of Australia

Bloomberg, August 7, 2020 (Bloomberg) — A new risk to global supply chains is emerging as exhausted seafarers stuck offshore for months halt work, a breaking point caused by restrictions on crew changes amid coronavirus precautions. Three vessels are idled in Australia after crews who worked beyond their contracts demanded to be repatriated, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation. …

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200,000 Seafarers Fear There’s No Plan to Get Them Off Ships

Two seafarers. Life vests. Tanker.

BLOOMBERG, JULY 9, 2020 Thousands of workers remain stranded at sea amid border, port restrictions | Shippers risk halted operations if crew elect to stop working By K Oanh Ha, Krystal Chia, and Claire Jiao for Bloomberg – Like thousands of other seafarers, Karika Neethling wanted to get home as the coronavirus pandemic convulsed the cruise industry in March. Her anxiety grew more …

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