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Australia : MUA requests AMSA extend seafarer certification expiry due to COVID19.
The MUA has written to AMSA to request a further extension to the expiry date of seafarer certification due to COVID19. AMSA previously extended seafarer certication expiry for certicates expiry between March and October but the MUA has requested this be extended due to the inability for seafarers to travel to colleges to revalidate.
Canada : Victoria harbour authority cautiously optimistic that cruise ships will return in 2021.
After the COVID-19 pandemic prematurely ended the 2020 cruise ship season, officials with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) say they are optimistic that cruise ships will return next year, though a lot will need to change in the industry before cruise passengers arrive in the region.
The organization says in order for cruse ships to be welcomed back to the port at Ogden Point, cruise lines will need to demonstrate that safety protocols are in place for both passengers and crew.
Philippines : Now home, seafarers demand for unpaid salaries, benefits.
After months of being stranded at sea, repatriated seafarers are embroiled with manning agencies over unpaid wages and the return of the remains of colleagues who passed away on board.
Last July 23, about 90 seafarers for various Fu Yuan Yu fishing vessels were repatriated after being stranded on board for months due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Border control measures had prevented a change crew, a process where new crew members were meant to relieve them.
Deaf ears to seafarers pleas.
If you ignore a problem, maybe it will go away. In the way that the seafaring community continues to be treated by responsible governments, this would seem to sum up much of the collective attitude of the authorities around the world, faced with requests to land or exchange ships crews.
Of course, it is so much easier to deny such requests, with a suggestion that the shipping company tries somewhere else, at the next port perhaps? What are a few more days, or weeks? There is also a nasty ring of cynicism and exploitation in the prevailing view.
Kenya : Teams laud crew change at port of Mombasa .
The government has facilitated crew change for 200 seafarers at the port of Mombasa since last month in compliance with regulations by the International Maritime Organisation.
International Transport Workers Federation Mombasa Port Ship Inspector Betty Makena said no cases of the coronavirus disease have been reported among the seafarers during sign-on and sign-off.
"We wish to salute the Kenyan authorities and the local shipping fraternity for having developed Covid-19 guidelines that enabled the crew change," said Ms Makena.