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Labor Shortages Are About to Jump From Shore to Cargo Ships

Port Of Oakland As Shipping Gridlock Stretches Supply Lines Thin
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The supply crunch that has dogged the global shipping industry could worsen before it gets better, with new challenges ranging from crew retention to wage inflation.

That’s a warning from executives at Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, a privately owned shipping company based in Hong Kong. They caution that contrasting approaches to containing the virus continues to disrupt the turnover and repatriation of seafarers landing at ports around the world.