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The Thai Navy helped five crew members on a gas tanker get to shore after one complained that they had been on board the vessel for 13 months without leave. The Schumi 7 liquefied petroleum gas tanker, en route for Bangladesh, was redirected to a boat pier at Ao Makham Bay in Phuket. Noppadol Boonmee, a crewman on the vessel, had a 9-month contract with the company but hadn’t once been allowed ashore for over 13 months. Noppadol contacted the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre Area 3 for help on Monday, who notified the 3rd Naval Area who decided to step […]

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It is nothing exceptional. I heard from old colleagues from ships where some of the crew was more than 1 1/2 year on board, although they had a contract for 6 months (some European officers now get a contract for 4 months). Due to covid crewchanges were not allowed in a lot of countries. So no signing off or on of crew.

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Serious shipping companies did their best, but every country was so afraid of covid, that they refused landing crew from ships in their port (even shoreleave), or fresh crew arriving on their airports. Some Philippino’s stayed easily 2 years on the ship.


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