India’s biggest disease Covid-19 has reached the international market, which depends on the country for seafarers, as workers come with the disease and ports refuse to enter ships.
Ports including Singapore and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates have banned ships from changing partners who have recently left India, information from maritime officials shows. Zhoushan in China has banned the entry of any ships or people that have sailed to India or Bangladesh in the past three months, according to Wilhelmsen Ship Management, which provides for maritime experts.
Company officials also said that workers from India were testing of Covid-19 on ships, though they set themselves up and tested evil before boarding.
“In the past we had ships that were infected with one or two people,” said Rajesh Unni, chief executive of the Singapore-Synergy Marine Group, which provides shipping personnel. “Today, we have a situation where all trains are getting infected quickly… Which means the trains can’t run.”
India announced more than 380,000 Covid-19 deaths and nearly 3,800 deaths Wednesday. The rising tide of crime has shattered the world’s reputation as well more health systems.
Port officials in South Africa say a ship that arrived in Durban from India this week was set up on its own after passing 14 Covid-19 Filipinos. The pilot died of a heart attack.
Along with the Philippines and China, India is one of the countries in the world the largest source of marine workers. About 240,000 seafarers around 1.6m worldwide are from the country, according to the International Chamber of Shipping, an industrial organization.
Singapore, the capital, has stepped up its crackdown on migrant workers including Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Authorities warned of the ban send shockwaves through shipping companies, which export 80% of global trade, according to UN data.
March Suez Canal closure “It will not be the same as [supply chain] The disruption comes from the failure to change staff, ”said Mark O’Neil, President of InterManager, which represents labor management companies.
Last summer, about 400,000 sailors were confused at sea beyond the length of their contract due to the epidemic. As the number falls, fears are mounting due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases since March.
“If the travel restrictions continue as they are, we could be at the same time as the global labor crisis that we saw in 2020,” said Niels Bruus, chief maritime officer at Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company.
“The situation is worse when it comes to labor change. And that is nonsense, “said Carl Schou, Wilhelmsen’s chief, who receives 15% of the approximately 10,000 people from India.
The Norwegian company suspended India’s transition from April 24 to the end of May. Schou added that the Covid-19 test results of Indian sailors did not meet the deadline as “the entire medical system has collapsed in India”.
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Germany’s management team, says it is temporarily recruiting foreign sailors to enter Indian territory to land or prepare to board ships.
The sailors said the sailors they need to be prioritized in issuing a global vaccine as countries introduce vaccines to enter. But they are frustrated by the lack of efforts to find jabs through the International Maritime Organization, a UN agency that oversees ships.
“We’re just brushing our hair with political ping-pong organizations when it comes to vaccination,” O’Neil said.
Abdulgani Serang, secretary-general of the National Union of Seafarers of India, said he felt the authorities had not done enough to get Indian sailors to say: “We have failed.”
Additional reports of Jyotsna Singh in New Delhi