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India welcomes 20,000 teu ships for the first time today in crew change operation

India welcomes today the largest ever boxships to call at the country.

However, the trio of 20,000 teu ships are not on any fixed service; they’re headed to Cochin port to change crew. 

The 20,388 teu Ever Given and the 20,170 teu sister ships MOL Tribute and MOL Tradition – all managed by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement – have diverted to Cochin, increasingly India’s crew change port, today, giving locals a glimpse of so-called megamaxes for the first time. 

There are currently more than 50,000 Indian seafarers stranded at sea, working beyond their contract lengths, thanks to travel restrictions put in place following the spread of coronavirus around the world. 

Cochin’s southerly location and its deepwater port makes it an attractive destination for crew change diversions as ships do not have to head too far off course from their normal routes to get there. India has developed standard operating procedures for crew changes of Indian seafarers in local waters during the pandemic but is still grappling with how to repatriate the thousands of crew overseas.

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Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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  1. Four months!!!! have been necessary, but this call make everybody aware of the natural duty of a shipmanager. BSM should apologize for the delay.

  2. “There are currently more than 50,000 Indian seafarers stranded at sea, working beyond their contract lengths, thanks to travel restrictions put in place following the spread of coronavirus around the world” .Hello Grant , just wanted to request you a clarification on above comment ; why would someone be happy whilst he/she is stuck onboard due to travel restrictions world wide .

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