For six days, the clog caused a massive traffic jam in the vital passage, costing global trade about $6 billion to $10 billion per day …
“There is no solution other than digging around the ship, which is what they are doing now using Egyptian dredges. But the problem is that the soil in this area is rocky, which breaks the heads of the equipment,” says the SCA source.
COUNTRIES demand proof of negative Covid-19 tests, placing seafarers as collateral damage, despite them being granted special travel exemptions. Airlines demand proof of negative Covid-19 tests, causing crew change through Singapore in disarray last week.
“GET SEAFARERS and frontline maritime shore workers at the head of the vaccine queue,” the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) appeals to governments. It also calls to designate seafarers as key workers to avoid a repeat of the 2020 crew change crisis. ICS is demanding that governments, who are once again restricting travel as a reaction to new COVID-19 mutations, recognize the vital role seafarers play in the global supply chain.
According to Olalia, the 29 Filipino crewmen underwent COVID-19 tests and produced negative results before they were deployed to China. “I assured them (Chinese embassy officials) there is no issue over integrity because the testing facilities accredited by the Department of Health don’t fabricate results,” he said.
Bulk carriers Patricia Oldendorff and Vega Dream arrived in Australia with multiple cases of Covid-19 onboard, a fortnight apart, and both from Manila, sending West Australian health minister Roger Cook requesting miners to seek alternate places for crew prior to their arrival in Australian waters and prompted the federal government in Canberra to ensure that Filipino authorities strengthen their maritime crew arrangements.