Close to one third of Maersk's seafarers have exceeded their contracts

Upwards of 35 percent of the seafarers currently deployed on Maersk's ships have been at sea for longer than required by their contracts, the shipping line tells CNN. This is because of the coronavirus crisis, which has made it difficult to change crews around the world.

Photo: PR / Maersk

The global trade faces yet another coronavirus-related crisis, as 200,000 seafarers who have been at sea for months could refuse to continue working, as fatigue and mental health issues represent a growing problem, reports CNN.

Many seafarers have had their contracts extended for months in order to keep global supply chains of foods, fuel and medicine running, writes CNN citing shipping companies and unions.

Read the whole article

Get 14 days free access.
No credit card required.

Get full access for you and your coworkers.

Start a free company trial today

More from ShippingWatch

Political majority allocates funds to hydrogen project

The industry applauds a broad political agreement to allot around USD 136 million to the Danish participation in the EU's green hydrogen project. Hydrogen is expected to play a significant role as a future fuel for shipping.

Argentine port workers strike for access to Covid-19 vaccines

Nine unions representing Argentine port workers have announced a 24-hour strike in protest against the lack of access to coronavirus vaccines. The strike takes place amidst a new coronavirus outbreak in the country, which is a major dry bulk exporter.

Tradelens hopeful that major Maersk rivals will soon be integrated

Hapag-Lloyd and ONE continues to be absent on the digital platform Tradelens even though they announced they would join two years ago. "We are hopeful that they will be joining very soon," says Head of Tradelens Mike White. Hapag-Lloyd expects to make a decision soon.

Further reading

Related articles

Latest news

See all jobs