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Bjørn Højgaard expects a worsened crew-change crisis in 2021

Changing crews on ships remains difficult after several countries have been hit by increasing coronavirus infection rates. These developments have prompted concern that the crisis may grow larger in 2021 than last year, according to Anglo-Eastern CEO Bjørn Højgaard.

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The growing coronavirus infection rates in several countries create additional worry in the shipping industry regarding crew changes, as restrictions have created barriers that have made it more difficult for seafarers to sign on and off vessels in ports in Asia, in particular.

Up until the middle of April, 5.8 percent of the world's seafarers were still working on ships, even though their contracts had expired. 0.4 percent had been on board vessels for more than 11 months, according to a press release from The Neptune Declaration, an initiative formed to facilitate crew changes following major issues during the Covid-19 crisis.

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