“Wilhelmsen and Synergy Group have carried out the first crew change under the Singapore Crew Change Working Group (SGCCWG) protocol, a set of guidelines formulated to address the challenges of transferring seafarers in the COVID-19 era. In a carefully planned evolution, 19 new crewmembers flew from Sri Lanka to Singapore, where they relieved the 19-member crew of the bulker Genco Liberty”.
This crew change was widely covered in the industry media, and touted as a pilot event to set sail on a course to a final solution of crew change problem. Nothing can be further from the truth. The whole show was, from the looks of it, a humiliation of people, with seamen being conned into surrealistic-looking space suits, and treated like extremely dangerous wild beasts. This set of guidelines and procedures, the brainchild of mentally sick industry bureaucrats, will jam crew changes process to a near-stop. The procedure is impossible to carry out, and to stick to, if talking about global shipping, about working schemes of changing crews en-mass.
In about the same time, when GENCO LIBERTY crew was changed, a rather trivial event took place in Italy, where a group of migrants was transferred from Pantelerria to Trapani, Sicily, on board of a public ferry. Take a look at photos – those guys didn’t undergo 14-day “quarantine” (all on-signing crew must undergo it at home, according to shipping industry’s Gestapo guidelines), though they were trafficked to Italy as early as Jun 7, and they aren’t strapped into bio straightjackets. Have a look at BLM/Antifa outrage taking place all throughout West, and try to find there “social distancing” and other “new normal” attributes.
In Russia, all restrictions and quarantines were lifted, in just one day, right after declarations, that all restrictions (including more strict ones) will remain in force far into summer and autumn. Why? Pandemic was defeated? No, lockdown was lifted, because Kremlin is to conduct Constitutional Referendum to secure lifelong presidency of one mr. Putin. Few people in Russia left, who aren’t sick of dear President Putin, and his botox-ballooned mug, so Kremlin had to buy people somehow, to give them a carrot.
Never before did we witness such a politicized virus. It infects common, hard-working and honest people, but all the thugs and scum of the world, from UN and presidents to low-life criminals and migrants, BLM looters and murderers, remain absolutely immune. Is it a scientific miracle, or is it a crime against humanity, a worldwide covid-pandemic hoax? Answer is obvious.
Crew change photos: TradeWinds; Lloyd’s List.