Shipowners, unions call on G20 for global strategy on crew changes

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In a joint letter from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to G20 leaders and ministers they have called on governments to identify ports and nearby airports where crew changes can be resumed as soon as possible.

The letter from the shipowners’ organisation and seafarers’ union to governments follows up on their dialogue with the G20, and the positive outcomes built on in the G20 Trade and Investment Ministers virtual meeting which took place on 30 March and urges G20 leaders and ministers to do “everything possible” to ensure the recommendations of the IMO are implemented.

“For humanitarian reasons – and the need to comply with international safety and employment regulations – crew changes cannot be postponed indefinitely,” the letter signed by ICS secretary general Guy Platten and Stephen Cotton, general secretary of the ITF said.

The letter noted that the 100,000 crew changes usually carried out a month were already being postponed for some significant periods of time.

“The global maritime transport industry recognises that the restrictions and health protocols which currently apply in many States with regard to air travel, the movement of ships’ crews and their embarkation and disembarkation in ports, means that many crew changes may need to be postponed at least until May 2020, and potentially for somewhat longer,” the letter said.

Sue Terpilowski
Author: Sue Terpilowski