Amanda Bradfield on LinkedIn: Today, June 25th marks the Day of the Seafarer for 2024. Gee, they truly… (2024)

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Today, June 25th marks the Day of the Seafarer for 2024.Gee, they truly deserve more than one day of being honoured.This year’s theme is look at seafarers' contribution to making the maritime sector a safer workplace.(This makes me pull that awkward face that says “really?”)I think that we knew from the moment that the Galaxy Leader was hijacked back in November 2023 that the entire landscape for seafarers had changed.To this day, the 25 crew members from this vessel are still being held and have now been detained for over 7 months. Certainly, seafarers faced dangers in the past, but they were nothing compared to the sophisticated attacks occurring today.Life changing incidents are happening around the world causing more and more stress to seafarers who are now involved in a war that has nothing to do with them. There is some good news on this day, with the 21 crew members from the container ship Dali, allowed to fly home.According to MarineTraffic the Dali has departed Baltimore for the first time since the containership lost power and struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26.Seafarers are often forgotten, yet it is crucial to remember that they are just people, like you and me. There is a call to action for the maritime industry and regulatory bodies to improve their response protocols for seafarers in distress. By prioritising their well-being and expediting necessary decisions, we can demonstrate our commitment to those who keep global trade moving, even in these challenging times.

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Yes. Hijackings, missile attacks, more extreme unpredictable weather, 24/7 operations, poor wages & conditions for many...A life on the ocean wave is not so great despite advances in technology & safety. 🛳 ⛴ 😧

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    I saw a comment the other day that asked why shipping only appears to have two gears – boom or bust. We know it is because of many factors –supply/demand imbalance, geopolitical factors, the economy, the weather.. Ah, the cyclical nature of the supply chain that we (must) love 🤣 There was some great news this week for the shipping world with Singapore announcing that the first of three additional berths have begun operations.This couldn’t have been better timing as port operator PSA ramps up container handling capacity in an attempt to ease waiting times for inbound container ships. It has been revealed that around 90% of vessel arrivals are off schedule, this compares to around 77% in 2023.Vessel bunching has been discussed as well as the discharge and loading times for ships increasing.Is there any other good (ish) news this week?Let’s take a look 😳 🏠 China’s warehousing sector has slumped as vacancies soar🛳 Another container ship lost power in Baltimore Harbour – this has reinforced concerns about navigational safety⚓ FMC have listed HMM as a state-owned shipping line 💵 HMM have given Samsung Electronics America the UNO reverse card as they seek US$13m in unpaid shipping fees (this comes after Samsung filed claims against HMM)📈 China Ports throughput rises - January to May 2024, the container throughput 132.8 million TEU, a year-on-year increase of 8.8%🌀 Powerful Hurricane Beryl became 2024 Atlantic season’s first hurricane and the earliest storm on record to reach the strongest possible ranking of Category 5😮 The number of piracy networks in Somalia has risen as they take advantage of the increased vessel routing around the Cape of Good Hope🔥 Noah Satu, an Indonesian freighter banned by Australia, has caught fire and sunk in the Java Sea📈 Spot rates continue to rise, and new services are being launched on the trans altantic and transpacific trade routes✈ MSC has bought 15% of Genoa airport .. (because they can!)Nope, no good news I'm afraid! Let me know if you would like additional details on any of the above. Have a great weekend!

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    As D:Ream once sang – “Things can only get better” 🎵 The monthly Global Liner Performance report by Sea Intelligence has been released for May and the results are a little shocking.Liner schedule reliability improved by 3.8% compared with April, to reach 55.8% - this is the highest schedule reliability figure for the year so far.My eyebrows raised too!Sea-Intelligence chief executive Alan Murphy highlighted the fact that “despite the improvement in schedule reliability, the average delay for late vessel arrivals continued to deteriorate, increasing by 0.34 days month on month, to 5.1 days.This figure is now inching closer to the pandemic highs than the pre-pandemic lows. On a year-on-year level, the May 2024 figure was 0.73 days higher,” he said.So what does this mean?Despite the improvement for the month of May the schedule reliability is now dropping closer to the dark days during the pandemic (at the lowest point it was around 30%) however it does have a way to go before this point.In Australia, it definitely feels like there is no schedule reliability due to port congestion, frequent diversions and omissions.CMA CGM recorded the highest schedule reliability, with PIL recording the lowest.As expected, the reliability of all lines decreased compared to May 2023 records.Are there any surprises here?

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    Dates are now confirmed for Fremantle! 🎉 Who would like to join me for a day experiencing what it's like to make commercial and operation decisions in vessel loading?

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    Come one, come all, It's happenin' againNo, these are not photos of the Ever Given - I give to you the Baltic Arrow (AND a fancy new acronym NAABSA 😲)This vessel, carrying a load of timber, was stuck sideways in the River Nene in Cambridgeshire (UK), but now appears to have been freed.The vessel was on its way to the port at the time of the grounding. (Grounding can be described as the vessel no longer being afloat and the hull of the ship touching the river bed)On this occasion, it was down to the tide going out whilst part of the vessel was in contact with the bank. All berths at Wisbech port are NAABSA berths which stands for 'not always afloat but safely aground' so technically all vessels ground whilst moored here during low water. The riverbed is very soft and sludgy here and the vessel is designed to safely ground so we are confident of no ongoing issues.""Since tide has fallen away, plan is to wait until vessel is afloat at next high water to free her from banks with additional tug assistance and continue her pilotage safely into Wisbech Port. This is a rare situation to happen at Wisbech. We hope to have vessel freed this evening and bring her alongside for discharging as usual." said a spokesperson for the port.According to MarineTraffic - the vessel is now not sideways and, I would imagine, is anxiously awaiting high tide.

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