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North America, Western Europe and Singapore may reach normalcy sooner


Normalcy is possible and ultimately determined by how nations manage their issues Despite current port congestions and bottlenecks crippling world supply chains, some countries have a stronger chance to return to normalcy sooner. The key is skilfully navigating the challenges. Looking back In July 2021, when port congestions were at …

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Shipping delays not expected to recover soon


Despite Yantian’s gradual restoring port operations, improvements would not be immediate Yantian, the world’s third-largest port, suffered a week’s closure after detecting COVID-19 cases. Local authorities implemented preventive measures to contain the outbreak, and it appeared to have paid off. However, industry experts warn not to expect immediate restoration to …

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Monopoly rights with politised trade will lengthen the pandemic

A look at the real possible cause of India’s vaccine shortages The maritime industry continues to struggle with labour shortages. Again, given India being one of the major suppliers for seafarers, no access to vaccination can only escalate the shortfall with the dwindling supply of inoculated crew from other countries. …

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Shipowners’ options narrowed as only vaccinated seafarers are accepted


Lack of vaccines causes Indian seafarers to lose out on jobs  India’s COVID-19 infections to date have passed the 20 million mark. Fuelling the fire is the intense lack of raw materials for vaccine production – stemming from US’ embargo. Translating to a serious lack of inoculated seafarers, shipowners take …

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