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NEWS FROM CHRIS CARR - August 2020
Hope all is well and everyone is doing good. At long last I have that magical news that I'm finally signing off next port in Los Angeles on the 20th. Been a long extended contract and will be coming back to a very different world as to the one I left in January. Its been a busy trip with name/flag change, change of charters. External ISPS/ISM/MLC audits, Radio survey, port state control both in person and virtual (far better just send them emails and photos) and 5 different lines. But its been good apart from no shore leave so been coupe up here, think national governments from around the world have been very poor towards sailors by denying crew to sign off, citing the virus all while airports and flights still flying normal people who have a vastly greater chance of having / catching the virus then sailors stuck at sea. Many governments seem to forget that if the ships were to stop would topple countries in a matter of days without being supplied by them. The IMO are very slow at trying to fix this, but at least a few governments UK, USA and Canada for example kept the ports open for crew changes cause they understand the vital importance that seafarers play. As for my company they are having great problems getting crew off, they make a plan all approved from our side then speak to the charters who don’t approve of it because they need to divert course to a different port to make the change happen. Just happy that we are close to the USA now as this is the only place on this line that we can make a crew change. Looking forward to relaxing at home. Chris
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