crew changes are costing up to an additional $2,000, doubling the price since
last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Danish-managed crewing
specialist Danica said.
additional costs stemming from the pandemic include items like hotel
accommodation, airfares, PCR testing, and reimbursements for personal
found that on average it now costs almost $ 2,000 per crew movement. So, for
one person joining and one returning home the cost is approximately $4,000,
which is double on pre-pandemic prices,” Henrik Jensen, managing director of
Danica Crewing Specialists, said.
It would be prudent to set aside sufficient
funds to enable crew changes to take place whenever possible
is of course very difficult to forecast every additional cost which will be
faced in 2021 but it would be prudent to assume that this global situation will
remain with us for many more months to come and to therefore set aside
sufficient funds to enable crew changes to take place whenever possible.”
crew changes have gone from being a straightforward shipping activity to
becoming a seriously complicated challenge,” he pointed out, noting that there
is an ever-changing list of restrictions, medical tests, hotels, visas, and
transit requirements to be met in order to facilitate crew travel.
Crew scheduling will not be normal until
mid-2021 at the earliest.
estimates that crew scheduling will not return to normal until mid-2021 at the
to Covid-19 and delays in repatriating seafarers, the entire crew planning
system is destroyed and crew rotation patterns are all over the place. It will
take a lot of time and effort by crew managers and ship owners, and need the
assistance of the international community and governments, for the regular crew
change system to be re-established,” he concluded.
is estimated that some 400,000 seafarers are stuck at sea, months beyond their
contracted time, with increasing reports of severe fatigue and mental distress.
similar number of seafarers are trying to join ships to begin contracts, but
transit to and from ships is being thwarted by travel restrictions and
limitations imposed due to the pandemic.