IMO endorses new protocols designed to lift barriers to crew changes
The Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult for ships to carry out crew changes, and for crews who have completed their tours of duty to be repatriated.
A series of protocols designed to address these issues has been drawn up by a broad cross-section of global industry associations representing various sectors of the maritime transport industry, including the P&I Clubs.
The IMO has endorsed these protocols and urges their implementation. Members are invited to click here for the IMO's Briefing: 15 07/05/2020 which includes a link to the protocols.
If Members have any questions regarding the above update, they are encouraged to get in touch with their usual Club contact.
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