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          Vaccination for international ocean-going seafarers

          Singapore has announced that it will offer vaccination to international ocean-going signing-on seafarers.

          Oil demand drag takes toll on tankers

          U.S. refiners are scaling back on hiring ships for longer periods to save on costs in another sign of uncertainty over when global oil demand will return to pre-COVID levels, shipping and trade..

          Missing Turks found murdered in Iraq

          Dozens of people have been arrested after the bodies of 13 Turks who had been missing for five years were found in a cave. All had been shot. Eight have been identified as soldiers and police..

          Five seafarers remain stranded off UAE for four years

          Five seafarers have been abandoned off the coast of Umm Al Quwain, in the United Arab Emirates. They have not received wages for 32 months and forced to remain on the ship due to expired documents. ..

          How History Predicts COVID-19’s Impact on Maritime Piracy

          By Brandon Prins, Professor of Political Science, University of Tennessee 2020 was a bad year for maritime piracy. The global number of sea-piracy incidents rose by over 20% from 2019 and West Africa..

          Why register vessels in the Cayman Islands?

          The yachting industry, like many other travel-related industries, was initially hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are now signs of recovery in the area of yacht sales and charters and..

          UN resolution on keyworker seafarers

          UN General Assembly Resolution calls for seafarer key worker designation and implementation of crew change protocols; IMO Secretary-General urges priority vaccination. The United Nations General..

          St. Maarten announces COVID-19 testing protocol for yachts

          The St. Maarten government has approved a new protocol for yachts for the 2020/21 Caribbean season. The protocol, set out in the following, is subject to change based on the continuously..

          Superyachts Flock to Indian Ocean Beauty Spot as Restrictions Lifted

          The exquisite cruising grounds of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean are open for superyachts. Since lifting Covid-19 restrictions, the Maldives has attracted a number of foreign-flagged superyachts..

          COVID-19 and the Straining U.S. Merchant Marine

          On July 29, 2020, the heads of three maritime unions – Marshall Ainley of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, Don Marcus from the International Organization of Masters, Mate & Pilots, and..