Sanjay Prashar, chairman of the International Maritime Federation, has helped over 58 stranded Indian fishermen in Iran to be repatriated to their homes in 3 days, after close to a 5-month long wait.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the commitment of 12 countries to facilitate crew changes and achieve key worker designation for seafarers, following a virtual ministerial summit hosted by the UK Government on 9 July.
The crew change crisis among the seafarers, ship owners, and managers in India are getting worse with the escalating costs undertaken to swap crews after they fulfill the tenures in contracts.
392 overseas Filipinos have been repatriated through a flight in hand with KLM airline, which took off from Amsterdam on July 3rd, 2020 allowing the stranded passengers to return home after numerous requests for assistance.
In an interview by the Indian Express, Amitabh Kumar, Director-general of Shipping spoke about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on the shipping industry, and the efforts taken by the government for the welfare of the mariners and their jobs.
Almost 10,000 Filipinos have returned home from overseas in the last week by the facilitation of DFA in its initiative to bring home displaced seafarers and migrant workers since the escalation of COVID-19 cases in February 2020, on the 3rd of June, 2020.
The ship ‘Srakane’, came to Brazil, calling into a number of ports before anchoring in São Sebastião. The crew refused to go any further until they receive their wages, which haven’t been paid in at least seven months.
Philippines Green Lane that aims to serve as a guide to all the entities that are involved in opening doors for the seafarers traveling for repatriation and crew change, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ITF has been assisting hundreds of seafarers aboard the six Global Cruise Lines’ vessels currently in Tilbury and Bristol, in the United Kingdom.