Putting food on the table, paying household bills and loans and ensuring job security are among the top concerns faced by seafarers as they cope with the impact that COVID-19 is having on their lives and that of their families.
P&I insurers American Club and Eagle Ocean Marine issue advice on key action points that can immediately make a difference in a video log entitled ‘Seafarer Mental Wellness – Five Things the Industry Can Do Now’.
After several efforts, the Hong Kong Shipowner’s Association have been successful in convincing government to allow crew change.
The Mission to Seafarers supports Philippine Government in repatriation of seafarers. Maritime charity dedicates resources to thousands of seafarers needing repatriation during Manila lockdown
To assist governments to put in place coordinated procedures to facilitate the safe movement of seafarers, the IMO issued a 12-step plan to 174 member states, providing them with a roadmap to free seafarers from their COVID-19 lockdown.
The Mission to Seafarers reveals insight into how seafarers are affected by Covid-19 and the need for the industry to provide support
The challenges faced by seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to keep on track with IMO’s work to combat climate change were two key issues highlighted during a virtual meeting organized by IMO.
IMO, the WHO and the ILO have urged Governments to facilitate trade by ship and allow crew movements during the coronavirus pandemic, while protecting seafarers to ensure they can continue to deliver vital goods, including medical supplies and food.
The new guidelines are based on the International Maritime Organization Guidelines on Fatigue (MSC.1/Circ. 1598.) and are aimed at regulated Australian and foreign-flagged vessels.