IMO - Governments urged to bring seafarers home
The Club recently reported on calls made by various organisations including the IMO, the ILO and the ICAO for urgent action to be taken on crew changes.
There are calls for sea and air workers to be designated as key workers so that they can be relieved, and safely repatriated during the COVID-19 pandemic. See here. The IMO has now issued a news release, again urging governments to take steps to expedite crew changes and the repatriation of seafarers. See here.Members are directed to the Club’s Covid-19 site for additional information on Covid-19 issues.
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The IMO in its Circular Letter No.4204/Add.35 14 December 2020 announces that, at the time of issuing the letter, 46 States have designated seafarers as key workers.
On 11 September 2020, the IMO posted a Joint Statement by the United Nations Specialized Agencies calling on all Governments to immediately recognise seafarers as key workers and to take swift and effective action to eliminate obstacles to crew changes.
The UK hosted an international maritime virtual summit on 9 July on the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes, attended by 15 countries.
In a press briefing dated 21 December 2020, the Secretary-General of the IMO spoke out against “no crew change” clauses in charterparties.