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Next chartered flight to facilitate crew changes would fly on June 3
The shipowners group said it would present the guidance to United Nations bodies on Thursday
The association also vowed to support shipping’s carbon-free path despite the economic damage from the pandemic shockwave
Meanwhile, falling water levels in the Paraná River have left a bulker high and dry, with Cofco1 grounding with a draft of 9.4 m on May 27
South Korea’s minister of Oceans and Fisheries Moon Seong-Hyeok has called for ‘a spirit of co-operation’ in the fight against coronavirus
MPA says it “recognises the critical role that seafarers play in global seaborne trade, as well as the importance of crew change to safeguard the health and safety of seafarers sailing on board ships”
ICS, ITF and ITUC have asked UN secretary-general António Guterres to intervene as time is running out for seafarers
Some within the industry have said that mental health of seafarers was a real issue before the current health crisis and that shipping companies and the media play an important role in easing anxiety
The coronavirus outbreak has caused major disruptions to crew change operations, damaging welfare severely, with approximately 150,000 seafarers on ships unable to be signed off and another 150,000 seafarers on shore unable to sign on
European shipping jobs and decarbonisation investment are under threat from the pandemic
A UN Global Compact webinar identified immediate threats to the supply chain, showing that changes to the way of working will continue beyond the pandemic
A global solution to the issue of crew changes during the coronavirus crisis has been endorsed by the International Maritime Organization, which may offer a pathway to freeing seafarers trapped by lockdowns and travel restrictions
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