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.
ITF and the IMEC have jointly contributed US$500,000 to the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund to support countries that adopt best practices for crew change.
National COVID-19 containment measures, including travel restrictions and border closures, continue to make it increasingly difficult for ship operators worldwide to conduct required crew changes.
The ITF has been a key player every step of the way from the inception of the new IMO policy to its implementation.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be taking enhanced measures to further secure safe port operations and facilitate crew change.
Ministry of Shipping has facilitated more than 1,00,000 crew change on Indian ports and through charter flights. It is the highest number of crew changes in the world.