Shipping expats turn their backs on Singapore due to strict lockdowns

Singapore has lost much of its appeal during the strict Covid-19 lockdowns, leading expats to shun the maritime hub and pursue work in Europe instead. Several carriers as well as a headhunter confirm the trend to ShippingWatch, shortly after the announcement of another strict lockdown in the city-state.

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The promise of a good life close to the equator. Your own residence with air-conditioning and a pool inside a protected compound. A local nanny that takes care of the children, drives them to school and picks them up again later in the day. And enough money, once the low taxes have been paid, for you to meet up with other expats after work at one of the many bars in Singapore's colorful Chinatown or Boat Quay districts.

Employees across the European shipping industry in particular stop by Singapore at some point in their work life, partly for the sake of their careers and partly for the fringe benefits, as Singapore usually offers a slice of the good life for expats posted there by their employers.

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