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Ship Crews Stuck in Lockdown Strain Global Supply Chains

  • Singapore and Shanghai among ports to curb crew transfers
  • About 100,000 seafarers typically change ships each month: ICS
Shipping containers stacked at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai, March 23.
Shipping containers stacked at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai, March 23.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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Port restrictions and canceled flights are straining the ability to replace seafarers on board ships, further weakening global supply chains already snarled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hubs like Singapore and Shanghai have halted most crew transfers, while global lockdowns have complicated travel from the Philippines, which supplies about a quarter of the world’s seafarers.