Container exports from North Europe to North America increased 5.7%, year-on-year, in the first five months of the year, but Drewry is “sceptical” that this growth can be maintained for the full year. Data from PIERS and Container Trade Statistics (CTS) shows US imports from Europe up 4.9% in the period to 890,000 teu, while Canadian imports flatlined at some 260,000 teu, with volumes to Mexico surged by 20% to about 180,000 teu. In the past year, UK exports to the US have been boosted by the “Brexit effect” of sterling falling to a 30-year-low again the dollar, noted Drewry.
Six Myanmar and two Bangladeshi seafarers have sued the owner of a Bahrain-flagged vessel in China for failing to pay their wages and compensation for the death of a sailor. One of the crew, Ko Ye Lin Tun, said of his 16 months on the ship, “I went there to work. I didn’t receive my wages although I worked. We had no connections there. Later, we had trouble getting food to eat. We also faced bad weather and we felt like prisoners. We were hurt, physically and mentally.” He said he went aboard the "Bramco 1" when it was docked at a shipyard in Guangzhou, China, in 2015 to work for the Zenith Future marine company.
Malta is to start issuing disposable breathalysers will now be distributed to seafarers in a bid to reduce excessive drinking while at sea, where the alcohol limit is similar to that on the road. Speaking at a press conference this morning, a Transport Malta representative said the drink awareness campaign, which kicked off at public places on land two years ago, was now being taken to sea. According to figures provided by Transport Malta, there were 270 inspections at sea between May and mid-July. Of these, 119 were handed a fine, 85 received a warning and 66 were found to be in order.
The latest version of the Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea app hopes to further combat high rates of cardiovascular conditions and mental health disorders among seafarers. The enhancements to the free app, now gives users a range of healthy living tips, recipes and exercises to help monitor and maintain their physical and mental health at home, in port and at sea. The new elements of the app have come at the perfect time as annual statistics show cardiovascular conditions, obesity, diabetes and depression among the top 10 most common reasons for seafarers failing their medicals.
More than half of the nearly 100 Indian sailors stranded on ships in the UAE’s waters for several months have returned home, the Indian consulate general has said. As of 1 July, a total of 97 Indian sailors were languishing aboard 22 ships in the UAE’s waters for several months. Indian consul general in Dubai Vipul on Sunday said that 53 of them had been sent back home so far. “With the help of the FTA (the UAE’s federal transport authority) and by taking up issues directly with owners and agents, we have sent back 53 sailors,” he was quoted as saying by the Gulf News.
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