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Preventing those who did get to the In one case just recently reported, four visible manifestation of a dif? cult ship- berth from disembarking for a few hours Scottish cadets were ? nally repatriated ping climate for some sectors. of respite at U.S. ports (under the mis- from a Hanjin boxship in the Far East For my part, I wonder how many oper- guided premise that they might be ? ight after spending weeks at sea as the opera- ators in a time of repressed freight rates, risks) was a prime example of that met- tor schemed to avoid the vessel’s arrest and facing tough decisions, have already ric in play. international waters. cut back on many of the basic necessities

Also lost on the many analysts, stake- Now reportedly back in the U.K., the that mariners rely upon, every day at sea holders and the Wall Street MBA’s who cadets are among the lucky ones. An- and in port. prognosticated on what might come other estimated 2,500 seafarers haven’t I’ll double down on my earlier ? ve next was the fact that a shipping com- been as fortunate. As the situation plays dollar bet that it is far more prevalent

The Author pany that can’t afford to pay its bills also out, we have to hope that all will even- than you might otherwise think.

lacked the wherewithal to feed its mari- tually be returned home, paid in full for We’ve come a long way in the quest

Joseph Keefe is the lead commentator ners and buy fuel to ensure that the hotel their services and given assurances that to make sure that today’s mariners are of Addition- functions of the vessels remained viable. this will never happen again. That said, properly trained, safely billeted, ad- ally, he is Editor of both Maritime Pro-

And, many of these vessels spent weeks and in a time when we need to be attract- equately compensated and treated with fessional and MarineNews print maga- at sea awaiting some sort of resolution ing the best and the brightest for the fu- dignity. zines. He can be reached at jkeefe@ that might allow the company to dock ture, forecasted mariner shortage, many We’ve also got a long way to go. or at Keefe@ and discharge the vessels. During that just won’t be coming back. Those four That said, until the accountants and MaritimeProfessional.

time, of course, reprovisioning and refu- U.K.-based cadets are probably having lawyers begin to factor in the human com is the largest business networking eling of these ships simply wasn’t pos- second thoughts, as well. cost of shipping, the effort to recruit and site devoted to the marine industry. Each sible. I’ve got a pretty good idea, based retain competent mariners will be about day thousands of industry professionals on previous experience, as to what they The Tip of the Iceberg as successful as Hanjin’s efforts to stay around the world log on to network, con- are eating now. The Hanjin crisis is no doubt the most solvent. It is easy math, actually. nect and communicate.



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