Plight of abandoned crews draws top interest

You’re a discerning, compassionate lot I can tell from looking at web stats for the most read news stories on Splash this week.

Out in front was our exclusive on how the prolonged downturn has seen a worrying spike in abandoned crews.

An idea by the UK charity Mission to Seafarers to pressure charterers to avoid using companies that have mistreated crew in the past was greeted with strong approval by readers and via our social media feeds.

“We’re hidden from the world. No one sees us. Out of sight, out of mind,” one seafarer commented.

Resident cartoonist The Freaky Wave had his own thoughts on crew neglect, bombarding the Splash editorial team with a barrage of cartoons on the matter.

Freak awards crew

Splash is looking at taking this chartering proposal a step further; details of a campaign to highlight crew neglect will be revealed soon.

In other segments of the site (and adding to my feeling you readers really are a decent bunch), the most read Contribution this week was the latest livestock installment by Dr Lynn Simpson where she highlighted what happens to animals who get ill while at sea. Expect to hear plenty more from Lynn in the coming weeks – and also another Splash campaign is in the offing to make changes to this shipping sector.

Finally, our newest signing as a columnist, Basil Karatzas, was this week’s most read Opinion writer, with his take on shipping demand growth – or the lack thereof.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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