UN Agencies Plea for Urgent Action on Crew Changes

UN agencies issue urgent calls for action on crew changes implementing already-agreed guidance, says an article published in BIMCO website. 

Travel restrictions in place

Travel restrictions in place due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in some ports and airports closing, with ships and aircraft denied entry. 

It has also resulted in restrictive measures for foreign nationals travelling to or from the country.

Flights to ensure crew changeovers 

The International Civil Aviation...


Governments must help stranded seafaring ‘unsung heroes’ get home

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has called on national governments to recognise seafarers as essential workers, as the number of stranded crews continues to rise.
In a joint statement by the IMO and fellow UN bodies the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Labour Organization (ILO), said that from the middle of June, around 150,000 maritime personnel a month will need to take international flights to either join or disembark …

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IMCA and Industry group target goverments on a global basis on behalf of offshores workers

IMCA and Industry group target goverments on a global basis on behalf of offshores workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continues to play a key role in an Industry Group lobbying governments and maritime authorities on a global basis to gain support of an IMO a recommendation for authorities to facilitate the movement of offshore energy sector personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP and ISOA, gained support from the IMO in...


Lindblad Expeditions’ Becomes The First Self Cleaning Fleet!

Lindblad Expeditions completed a new self-cleaning solution trial onboard its vessel National Geographic Explorer, reports Ship Technology.

Benefits of the self-cleaning solution
  • The need for plastic detergent bottles eliminated
  • Reduced water use and sickness among passengers.

The environmental benefits were clear to see.

Passengers expectations

According to Lindblad vice-president of hotel operations Bruce Tschampel:

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Help transport workers, UN heads urge world governments

Pictured: the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization, a specialised agency of the United Nations, in London, UK. Photo: supplied by the IMO.

Governments around the world have been urged by the heads of three specialised UN agencies to ease crew change restrictions at seaports and airports, and to designate maritime, aviation and logistics personnel as key workers.

Kitack Lim, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, together with Fang Liu, the head of...


Getting crews on and off ships and airplanes

The three largest global organizations representing the workforces of the maritime and air transport industries have asked their government members to ensure the continued cross-border movement of these “key workers” to and from their jobs.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a flurry of government bans on international travel, which has obstructed necessary crew changes to keep the world’s maritime and aircraft fleet, as well as at ports and logistics hubs, in operation and goods flowing.



Κοινή έκκληση Διεθνών Οργανισμών: «Προχωρήστε άμεσα σε αλλαγές πληρωμάτων»

Mε κοινή τους δήλωση ο International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), ο International Maritime Organization (IMO) και ο International Labour Organization (ILO) των Ηνωμένων Εθνών κάνουν έκκληση για άμεση δράση για τις αλλαγές πληρωμάτων και για την αναγνώρισή των εργαζομένων σε θάλασσα και αέρα ως keyworkers προκειμένου να μπορούν να επαναπατριστούν με ασφαλή τρόπο.

Οι διεθνείς πτήσεις είναι απαραίτητες προκειμένου από τα μέσα Ιουνίου να ξεκινήσουν αλλαγές πληρωμάτων για περίπου 150.000...


Beijing throws its weight behind VGM regulations

China’s Ministry of Transport has issued a directive that effective 1 June 2020, no overweight containers can be loaded on ships in the country’s ports.

The ministry said that as container shipping is increasingly being used to move goods, there is a need to step up safety measures.

Overweight containers have cost the industry over US$6 billion, as reported by Container News earlier this month in the Cargo Integrity Campaign and could cause serious injury to crew and others.

Meanwhile, airlines...


IMO: UN Agencies Call For Urgent Action On Crew Changes And Keyworker Designation For Sea And Air Workers


The heads of the maritime, labour and aviation organizations of the United Nations have issued a plea for urgent action on crew changes and for keyworker designation so that sea and air workers can be relieved and repatriated in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a joint statement (CL.4204/Add.18), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) advised that from the middle of June 2020, around...