The number of infected people on average 7-day is always higher than 300,000, which lead to the halt of the entire national system, revealed many problems in the social classes such as rich and poor discrimination or irrationality in socio-religious activities and a lot of inadequacies in action responding to Covid-19 in India. Moreover, despite being in the ranks of vaccine producing countries with the world’s leading capacity, India is now in a situation of shortage and has to import vaccines from abroad.
The rampant disease occurring in India has directly affected the world maritime industry, and may even lead to a worldwide crisis due to human resources shortage. Recently, the Harbour of Singapore and Fujairah (United Arab Emirates) have completely banned all container ships and long – range vessels that traveled and stayed at Indian ports, from changing crews. More harshly, the People’s Republic of China also issued an order to stop the port operations of ships with a history of docking in India – Bangladesh within the last 3 months, especially at the main ports and the “gateway” of Ningbo – Zhoushan.
This restriction makes crew resources decrease dramatically during the epidemic period. As a country with the highest number of international seafarers in the world – the fact that India has to temporarily “out of the game”, will partly cause serious disturbances in the process of arranging crews for ocean voyages. Moreover, that India is at risk of pandemic catastrophe, has spread out the fear of COVID – 19 outbreaks in the middle of the sea, and the lack of seafarers.
“This situation is really filled with concerns, both in terms of employment contracts and sailors’ mental health” – René Kofod-Olsen – said CEO of V.Group, a corporation with management experience of more than 40,000 sailors around the world.
The shortage of crew is a huge problem, estimated that 150,000 sailors need replacing each month all around the world to connect ships at far-flung ports. The Act of Moving Restriction applied by many countries, put many sailors’ contracts overdue. In 2020, about 400,000 seafarers had to work more time than usual, and in 2021, 200,000 men are suffering the same issue out of a total of 1,6 million sailors. If the epidemic is not under control soon, perhaps the world shipping industry will fall into a serious personnel crisis that no one can predict its impact.