Governments need to urgently act to ensure ships’ crew changeovers can take place to keep world trade flowing and avert a humanitarian and ship safety crisis, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has told Member State representatives.
BIMCO is joining ICS in a call to encourage shipping companies or masters to fill in a Crew Change Report Form launched by ICS and thereby help encouraging Governments to facilitate crew change throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Doha and Colombo have come to the rescue of stranded Indian seafarers as shipowners and ship managers started running special flights every alternate day.
Anglo-Eastern Univan group has been toiling endlessly to make ends meet for an effective crew change in the aftermath of the worldwide lockdown extensions.
After several efforts, the Hong Kong Shipowner’s Association have been successful in convincing government to allow crew change.
The first seafarers to benefit from the use of chartered flight to comply with the new crew change protocol, developed by the Singapore Crew Change Working Group (SGCCWG), finally disembarked the bulk carrier Genco Liberty at the Port of Singapore.
The heads of the maritime, labor and aviation organizations of the United Nations have issued a plea for urgent action on crew changes and for keyworker designation so that sea and air workers can be relieved and repatriated in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic.
JNG representing employers and the ITF representing seafarers unions and their members welcome the IMO Circular Letter (No.4204/Add.14) that was issued last week on the 5 May 2020 to all IMO Member States, United Nations, and specialized agencies.
The need for ships to change crews and for seafarers to fly home at the end of their periods of service have emerged as two of the biggest challenges facing the shipping industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.