ICS is leading calls for governments to put seafarers and frontline maritime shore workers at the head of the vaccine queue and to designate seafarers as keyworkers, to avoid a repeat of the 2020 ‘crew change crisis’
Throughout the year, the maritime transport industry has managed stay afloat, allowing food, medicine and other essential goods to be transported across the world, to stock the shelves even during the strictest lockdowns.
The situation of the seafarers stuck in China on Australian coal-carrying ships has worsened further as an Indian seafarer onboard on one of the 2 ships stranded there have attempted suicide.
As the pandemic rages all over the world, the life of seafarers trapped in their ships beyond their term of the contract is becoming more and more difficult.
A lifeline for seafarers waiting for crew changes has indeed being thrown by Sri Lanka, which straddles a major shipping lane.
Up to 400,000 seafarers still remain trapped working aboard vessels around the world due to Covid-19 travel and transit restrictions.
Charterers’ “no crew change” clauses aggravate the ongoing crew change crisis and further threaten safety of navigation, says IMO Secretary-General.
MSC is calling for an urgent crew change solution for the bulk carrier “ANASTASIA”, which is stuck off the coast of northern China, and is among dozens of ships in a waiting line near the port of Caofeidian.
In a landmark ruling the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Committee of Experts has sent a strong message to governments that they have failed in their duty of care towards seafarers under international law during the COVID-19 pandemic.