YEARLY, the crewing industry moves some 1.8 million seafarers around the world. This accounts for 5 million crew changes to deploy and repatriate the workforce responsible for moving 90 percent of raw goods and materials in the world.

Crew change can be a sailor's delight or dismay. A good crew change is well-planned with short layovers and is time and cost-efficient. However, this is not always the case. More often, it is a tedious process with long immigration processes and connecting flights.

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