2020 was a 12 months for the file books, and it was difficult for each sector of the maritime business. The most well-liked information tales of this 12 months present readers’ shut consideration to the significantly extreme results of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cruise business, as onboard outbreaks, port closures and the U.S. CDC “no-sail order” resulted in a near-total shutdown for cruising – a shutdown that’s nonetheless in place in the present day (with restricted exceptions).
The crew change disaster additionally drew shut scrutiny: as port state measures and shifting journey restrictions wore on, tons of of hundreds of seafarers discovered themselves caught on board nicely previous the tip of their contracts. An estimated 400,000 are nonetheless awaiting crew change, together with hundreds who’ve handed the 11-month service restrict of the Maritime Labor Conference (MLC).
COVID-19 was not the one reason for tragedy within the business in 2020. The lethal explosion in Beirut on August 4 killed greater than 200 individuals and left hundreds extra homeless. Not like the coronavirus, all proof means that the explosion was preventable, and an investigation into the circumstances remains to be underneath method.
The Maritime Govt’s prime ten articles of 2020 have been:
1) Report: Welders Set Off Beirut Blast While Securing Explosive Cargo
2) Venezuelan Navy Patrol Ship Sinks After Collision With Cruise Ship
3) Merchant Bulker Rescues Four from Sailboat in Mid-Atlantic
4) Canada Creates New Visa Procedures to Facilitate Crew Changes
5) Former P&O Cruise Ship Slated to Become Floating Community off Panama
6) Cruise Industry Downsizing Begins With First Sale of a Ship for Scrap
7) Sovereign, the World’s First Mega Cruise Ship, Arrives at Scrapyard
8) Watch: The Bottom of an Antarctic Glacier
9) First Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on a Container Ship
10) First Large Cruise Ships Start Sailing in Post-Covid-19 Service
The opinions expressed herein are the creator’s and never essentially these of The Maritime Govt.