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Bezos Targeted by Shipping Groups to Save Stranded Seafarers

BLOOMBERG, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 Shipping associations write open letter to Amazon.com founder | Group says more than 400,000 seafarers are still stuck at sea By Aaron Clark for Bloomberg – Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos is being targeted by shipping groups to support some 400,000 seafarers stuck on merchant vessels because of port and border restrictions to stop the spread of Covid-19. …

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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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Norway Warns of the Forgotten Victims of Covid – Seafarers

Norway's leader addressing UN conference by video

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 By Lars Erik Taraldsen for Bloomberg — Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg warned of a humanitarian and trade crisis if the roughly 800,000 seafarers stranded around the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic aren’t offered similar protections and rights to other essential workers. Solberg is using her speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday …

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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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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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150,000 seafarers in need of crew change on May 15th. #BringHomeSailors

People holding handwritten letters that spell out #bring home sailors

PortandTerminal.com, May 4, 2020 Families of the 150k seafarers who need a crew change by May 15th have launched a movement, #BringHomeSailors, to bring awareness to their plight NEW DELHI, INDIA – Around 150,000 seafarers remain trapped at sea, on containerships and other cargo vessels, by coronavirus travel restrictions – a threat to supply chains, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) …

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