ICS which represents the world’s national shipowners’ associations and more than 80% of the world merchant fleet, has published its Annual Review for 2020.
Passenger and repatriation flights are essential to allow stranded seafarers to go home, and for their relief crews to be able to join ships.
ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton said the world’s 1.65 million seafarers have been let down by the world’s governments who had allowed the crew change crisis to deepen and reach a six-month mark on World Maritime Day – 24 September 2020.
Approximately 400,000 seafarers and marine personnel are currently cut off at the sea, due to the COVID-19 constrictions.
11 Filipino crew members of Oceanstar 86 are set to fly back to the Philippines, after being forced to quarantine on their vessel in China for 6 months.
Some 400,000 seafarers from across the globe are now stranded on ships, continuing to work but unable to be relieved, in a deepening crew change crisis which threatens trade and maritime safety.
Many consumer companies are urging different governments to help the seafarers who are stuck on commercial vessels, even after the termination of their contracts with worsening work conditions.
Major global businesses join the maritime industry, government, UN, and union leaders urging immediate political action on crew change crisis as the global business community points towards humanitarian crisis and global supply chain disruption.
IMO Member States meeting during an extraordinary session of the MSC has called on all Governments to take urgent action to resolve the humanitarian and safety crisis faced by the international shipping community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.