From 8-10 February 2021, IUMI's annual Winter Meeting took place virtually. During the meeting the Executive Committee along with the Technical Committee chairs gathered to discuss a wide range of current issues and launch initial plans for the annual conference. The meeting was followed by a press conference with IUMI President Richard Turner, Facts & Figures Committee Chair Phil Graham, Cargo Committee Chair Isabelle Therrien and IUMI Executive Committee member Anneke Kooiman.
Covid-19 has impacted the daily lives and wellbeing of seafarers in unprecedented ways, causing a humanitarian crisis at sea. Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have been stranded working aboard ships beyond the expiry of their contracts. As the frontline workers of the maritime industry carrying 90% of global trade, seafarers play a vital role in ensuring the global flow of goods that the world depends on. Recognizing that they have a shared responsibility to resolve the crew change crisis, more than 300 companies and organizations have signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.
Standard Club has released a timely report on the increased concern relating to the recent increase in the number of container stack collapses.
Its report, published on January 18th and ahead of knowledge of the latest incident in the Pacific, noted that in 2019 the international liner shipping industry transported 226m containers around the world with a cargo value of more than US$4tn.
However, despite various advances in standards and procedures, collapses were still happening.
At its 102nd session, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) related to weather-dependent lashing, heavy cargo items and semi-standardised cargoes such as vehicles on ro-ro ships.
Container shipping consultancy Sea-Intelligence has warned that the significant shortage of empty containers in certain geographies, particularly in Asia, could last until at least February and possibly into March.