The world has drastically changed in the last year. We have witnessed unprecedented scenarios, and things haven’t settled down even now. More than a year has passed since the deadly coronavirus spread its wings, but we are still under its hold, and it is not going anywhere soon, at least not unless everyone gets vaccinated. Every single industry has been shaken due to the effects of Covid-19 and the maritime industry is no different. Due to the pandemic, there have been numerous operational alterations that have made their way to the crew on board as well as the vessels.
In this write-up, we will explore some of the adversities that the pandemic has thrown over onboard crew and vessels/ships to understand the plight of the maritime industry.
Prolonged Onboard Stay
Pandemic has overthrown cross-border transportation. There are lockdowns in many countries which is why many crew members have to stay onboard even beyond their contracts. This is a clear violation of their contractual obligation which is leading to high social stress. In addition to high social stress, there is also greater complacency and reduced productivity. The overall performance of the vessel gets reduced due to the same.
The motivation of Crew Members
This is undoubtedly a difficult time period for the crew members. Staying away from their homes and families might even result in irritation and high levels of stress. The rise of crew stress is also inducing fatigue in crew members. The mental health of crew members is getting affected and hence, a wave of lacking motivation flows across the ship crew.
Maintenance of Vessels
It is not just the crew members who are facing difficulty due to the pandemic. As the vessel demands regular maintenance and optimal operation is also getting affected by the reduced motivation of the crew. As there should be regular ship inspections to monitor the condition of ships that have completely stopped due to the travel restrictions. External and Internal Inspections are crucial in ensuring compliance of the vessel with international regulations and meeting cargo majors requirements. Some of the shipping companies are adopting remote vessel inspections to address this gap but in practice, nothing can substitute onsite physical ship inspection. Scenarios of Ship Management services are rapidly changing their forms after the COVID-19 pandemic which is badly affected due to travel restrictions.
Sinotech’s Unique Approach for Help
Sinotech Marine is among the top marine technical service companies in the world offering the best vessel ship inspection, condition assessment, and superintendent services. There is a vast range of Marine technical Services that Sinotech offers to its international shipping fleets and vessels in 75 countries with a workforce of over 310 handpicked Maritime experts with Technical and Marine Superintendent backgrounds and seafaring experience as Master marine or Chief Engineer.
In an unprecedented time that we are witnessing, Sinotech Marine has come across to deliver services ship inspection and technical services that have brilliantly uplifted the motivation of crew members by extending support in more than 75 countries all over the world.
A shore support can be a big morale boost for the crew dealing with ship repair maintenance work. Our expert superintends manages the major repair projects in major shipyards across the globe.
Our globally stationed Marine Technical Experts, supported by our 14 global centers are extending a one-stop solution to shipowners, managers, and charterers for their vessel Inspection and Technical Project Management needs.
Sinotech Marine is “Your One Partner for Worldwide Support”.