Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten made headlines around the world when it became among the very first cruise ships to operate during the pandemic.
Dialogue comes on the back of an almost a two-fold increase in incidents of piracy and sea robbery from January to June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
A set of new protocols for seafarers by the Swiss-based MSC Cruises that restricts ‘shore leave’ for the members has resulted in negative reactions by the past and current crew, stating that a decision like this “would really be unbearable”.
What seemed to look like a crowded gathering on the decks of Provincetown II, the cruise ship by Bay State Cruise Company raised questions and nods of disapproval among the public, especially owing to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vistrato Limited, the specialists in online dry bulk training, have produced a comprehensive ‘COVID-19 Guide for Ship/Shore Interactions’ for ships and terminals handling solid bulk cargoes during the current global pandemic.
Hong Kong’s third wave of the coronavirus outbreak is at its most severe in the last 7 months, meaning that it should now ready itself for stringent protocols to avoid community spread in its efforts to fight the pandemic in the next two weeks.
Even though the cruise industry is suffering a recession, that won’t stop companies from coming up with some of the best deals to boost the industry. Viking Cruises is back and with a bang!
The efforts of the IMO and the countries who had pledged for swift crew change-facilitation is yet to be realized fully as shipping companies are still facing hurdles in repatriating their crew members at sea, a lot of whom have extended their contract tenures set by the Maritime Labour Convention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report that shows signs of considerable worry of health and safety measures taken by a few US ship companies sailing the seas amid a pandemic.