Seafarers denied medical care for serious conditions, ICS warns

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Cases of seafarers being denied medical care for conditions unrelated to COVID-19 have been reported to the International Chamber of Shipping.

The body, which describes the news as “alarming”, has observed that there are cases of seafarers being refused entry to port or, in some cases, being denied evacuation for over four days.

“This is simply not acceptable,” said Guy Platten, Secretary General of the ICS.

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UN Agencies Plea for Urgent Action on Crew Changes

UN agencies issue urgent calls for action on crew changes implementing already-agreed guidance, says an article published in BIMCO website. 

Travel restrictions in place

Travel restrictions in place due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in some ports and airports closing, with ships and aircraft denied entry. 

It has also resulted in restrictive measures for foreign nationals travelling to or from the country.

Flights to ensure crew changeovers 

The International Civil Aviation...

Al Kuwait appears to have been correctly handled and shipping must continue

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The Al Kuwait livestock carrier (IMO:9590931) which arrived in Fremantle with crew suffering from COVID-19 has been subject to some loud and alarmist commentary from people who should know better.

From the information publicly available it seems that the crew and the officials acted correctly, with proper notifications being made in a timely manner to the appropriate authorities.

When it was understood that there were people aboard with a potentially serious medical...

With eye on rebound, United looks for alternative to furloughs

White jets with blue tails at airport terminal

Domestic airlines this week announced plans to permanently eliminate large numbers of management and administrative jobs as a prelude to even larger reductions in frontline forces. But United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) CEO Scott Kirby dismissed furloughs as an a primary option, saying they are a temporary solution that undermines the ability to capitalize on growth opportunities when coronavirus fears subside and travel takes off again.

No one knows when strong demand will return, so United’s...

Expert: Startup fleet solutions providers are down but not out

The coronavirus pandemic has slammed virtually every sector of the trucking industry. But to paraphrase a famous author, the outbreak slammed each sector in its own way. 

The downsizing that hit newer entrants in the trucking telematics space is a case in point. Over the past two months, Samsara and Keep Truckin, two of the more prominent startups in the ELD and fleet management arena, laid off 18% of their workforce (yes, each company let go exactly the same percentage of employees).

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Kenneth Braithwaite Sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

Kenneth Braithwaite, U.S. ambassador to Norway, delivers remarks at a reception aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), in Oslo, Norway on June 25, 2018. US Navy Photo

Kenneth Braithwaite was sworn in as the newest secretary of the Navy during a private ceremony today at the Pentagon, capping what has been a tumultuous six months for the department’s leadership.

The Senate confirmed Braithwaite last week after he offered members of the Senate Armed...

Governments must help stranded seafaring ‘unsung heroes’ get home

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has called on national governments to recognise seafarers as essential workers, as the number of stranded crews continues to rise.
In a joint statement by the IMO and fellow UN bodies the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Labour Organization (ILO), said that from the middle of June, around 150,000 maritime personnel a month will need to take international flights to either join or disembark …

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