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Coronavirus pandemic ' Stuck off Miami coast, over 400 Indian crew members of cruise ships await help - Moneycontrol
At least 400 Indians, all of them crew members of cruise ships, are stuck off the Miami coast in the US since mid-March, unable to get back home.
The crew members, their relatives and even a former chief minister of Goa have written, either to the Prime Minister s Office or Ministry of External Affairs. But they may have to wait until the 21-day lockdown enforced from March 24 is lifted, to return home.
"Due to the ship being stuck in the middle of the seas for so many days, the crew members are getting frustrated," said Teena Menezes, in her mail to the Ministry of External Affairs.
Her husband, Vivian Menezes, is part of the crew of a cruise ship that is stranded about three miles away from the Miami Beach. The ship is owned by MSC Cruises, which is registered in Switzerland.
Weathering the Storm of COVID-19: Advice for Seafarers - The Maritime Executive
In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, seafarers are in a vulnerable position. Seafarers are the lifeblood of the world economy. Isolation on a vessel is distinctly different from isolation on land. The following are tips that are recommended for seafarers to get through this difficult time.
Balance your time
Pick news sources carefully
Contact your family frequently
Keep clear records of your employment
Self-quarantine upon returning home
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ILO: Treat Seafarers with �Dignity and Respect� - The Maritime Executive
Seafarers should be treated as “key workers” and be exempted from travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, say the Officers of a special International Labour Organization (ILO) tripartite maritime committee representing seafarers, shipowners and governments.
A joint statement issued by the Officers of the Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) also called on ILO member States to do all that they can to facilitate the delivery of essential medical supplies, fuel, water, spare parts and provisions to ships.
This follows reports that in some parts of the world suppliers have been prevented from boarding ships to give masks, overalls and other personal protective equipment to crews. Some ports have also refused to allow some ships to enter because they had previously docked in areas affected by COVID-19, preventing vessels from obtaining essential supplies.
“Seafarers are just as worthy as everyone else and should be treated with dignity and respect to ensure that they can continue to provide their vital services to the world,” the statement said.
Indian Ports: All precautions taken in handling cargo; over 43,000 crew, passengers not allowed to disembark - The New Indian Express
All precautions are being taken in handling export-import (EXIM) cargo at ports and more than 43,000 crew and passengers have not been allowed to disembark since January 26, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a shipping ministry official said.
"Stepping up measures to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus, the government has so far prevented over 43,000 crew and passengers onboard about 1,300 ships from disembarking on Indian shores and arranged for safe transport of EXIM cargo," the official told PTI.
Apart from restricting cargo handling, and scanning passengers and crew, the government has prohibited the entry of any international cruise ship, crew or passengers with a travel history to coronavirus-hit countries post-February 1, 2020, to its major ports till March 31.
They have not been allowed to disembark as a precautionary measure to contain any possible spread of the virus.
IMO calls for seafarer exemption throughout pandemic - Port Technology International
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has echoed calls from the shipping industry for governments to keep shipping and supply chains open and grant special travel exemptions to seafarers in response to the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic.
In a Circular issued 30 March 2020, the IMO distributed a series of recommendations for governments and relevant national authorities, proposed by a broad cross-section of global industry associations representing the maritime transportation sector.
The Circular specifically called on governments to designate professional seafarers and marine personnel, regardless of their nationality, as ‘key workers’ providing an essential service.
More than 120 Filipino seafarers from virus-hit Spain return home - ABS-CBN News
More than 120 Filipinos seafarers from ships docked in virus-stricken Spain returned home Thursday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
The DFA said in a statement that a total of 123 Filipino sailors from ships Marella Celebration and MV World Odyssey arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, following hundreds of other repatriated Filipino crew members.
The department said they were assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, in coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and local agencies.
COVID19: Cyprus shipping extends seafarer certification, inspections - Financial Mirror
Cyprus’ junior ministry for shipping has issued provisional measures to help onboard seafarers secure their certificates because of difficulties encountered in crew changes worldwide, as well as the inspections of ships due to the coronavirus outbreak.
This follows an earlier announcement to postpone the payment of registry and tonnage tax dues to the end of May, as well as measures to avoid physical contact between the maritime industry and government services.
In a memo issued to all shipowners, bareboat charterers, managers and representatives of ships flying the Cyprus flag, the Deputy Ministry for Shipping said it has adopted measures for seafarers who joined a ship prior March 1, 2020, and remain on board with a renewed contract.
These include extending to September 1, 2020, the Certificates of Competency and Certificates of Proficiency which expired on or after March 1, 2020, as well as Medical Fitness Certificates and Seafarer’s Identification and Sea Service Record Books.
Does your organisation�s culture dictate the engagement of your seafarers? - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
The ability of seafarers to speak up to avoid an incident is a habit which is formed as a result of their leader’s expectation during routine matters. These habits, formed over a period of time, prevail even when the crew member is performing a critical operation.
Several maritime incidents would have been avoided and lives saved if someone from the crew had spoken up about the clear and present danger in time. This repeated behaviour of subordinates, crew and officers is generally a reflection of how they view the leadership on board the vessel and in the company. Safe behaviour requires conscious efforts by leaders in the organisation to develop a culture where subordinates are confident to express their views without the fear of adverse consequences.
Torkel Soma from Propel covers the impact of cultures on crew members ability to engage on safety matters on board a ship or in an organisation in his article “Ship safety and high reliability organisation”. The article considers different types of cultures in shipping organisations and how an organisation can transform itself to improve safety and operational performance.