UK Club Correspondent Huatai Marine have provided the below Circular (available in both English and Chinese).
The UK Club is delighted to be a signatory on the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change, this initiative is a global call to action to address the ongoing crew change crisis.
The ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) notes with deep concern the challenges and the impact that restrictions and other measures adopted by governments around the world to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the protection of seafarers’ rights as laid out in the Convention.
The 2018 amendments to the MLC, 2006 will bring about a change to a seafarer's employment agreement (SEA) where it shall continue to have effect and wages shall continue to be paid while a seafarer is held captive on or off the ship as a result of acts of piracy or armed robbery against ships.
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.