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Australia Detains Cargo Ships for Alleged Labor Violations Related to COVID Lockdowns

Australian authorities detained at least two cargo ships for alleged labor violations related to demands from seafarers to be sent home, some of whom have spent more than a year at sea. The ships, which are or will be carrying …

Companies Risk Losing More Than 40% of Annual Profit on Supply Chain Shocks: McKinsey

Companies risk losing more than 40% of annual profit once a decade in a world threatened by trade wars, cyber attacks, pandemics and climate change, according to McKinsey & Co., which estimates the COVID-19 crisis could top $5 trillion in …

New Risk to Global Supply Chains Emerges as Weary Crews, Stuck Offshore, Halt Work

A new risk to global supply chains is emerging as exhausted seafarers stuck offshore for months halt work, a breaking point caused by restrictions on crew changes amid coronavirus precautions. Three vessels are idled in Australia after crews who worked …

Ships Diverted to Tripoli to Keep Lebanon Supply Lines Running After Beirut Port Blast

Leading container lines are diverting ships to Lebanon’s smaller terminal of Tripoli after the devastating explosion at Beirut’s port that killed 145 people also paralyzed vital trade. Lebanon, which imports almost all it uses, relies on container ships to bring …

Sailors Stranded by COVID Restrictions Could Refuse to Work, Causing Trade Disruption

Merchant ship crew members stranded at sea for months due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions could now start refusing to further extend their contracts and stop working, potentially disrupting global trade, the International Transport Workers’ Federation said late Monday [June 15]. …

Germany’s Rhine River at Dangerously Low Levels, Which Could Disrupt Shipping

Germany’s Rhine River is entering dry summer months with water levels at their lowest in two decades, prompting fears of shipping disruption on Europe’s most important inland waterway. After spring showers failed to show in Germany, the official water level …

Risk Professionals Reassess Top Risks During Post-COVID Era

Reaching out to some of the same risk professionals that respond to the its “Global Risks Report” each year, the World Economic Forum announced the results of a special “COVID-19 Risk Perception Survey,” finding their concerns centered on economic risks …

UK Government Forms £10 Billion Reinsurance Backstop for Trade Credit Insurers

The UK government has created a £10 billion (US$12.5 billion) reinsurance scheme designed to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by guaranteeing transactions insured by trade credit insurers. The Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme is designed to support UK business-to-business transactions …

Coronavirus Blocks Farm Laborers from Working in UK – in Possible Foretaste of Brexit

Britain’s fruit and vegetable farmers have long dreaded their country’s exit from the European Union, worrying that it would keep out the tens of thousands of Eastern European workers who come every year to pick produce. Now, the coronavirus pandemic …

Europe Faces Sweltering Summer with Below-Average Rainfall: Scientists

Europe is set for a sweltering and tinder dry summer this year, posing trouble for farmers, utilities and transportation on inland waterways. That’s the conclusion of scientists at the Copernicus Climate Change Service, who published the seasonal outlook this week. …