Crew changes is the hot issue of 2020

In view of COVID-19 outbreak seafarers are facing a number of great challenges due to the global travel restrictions and quarantine requirements that are imposed.
“Seafarers must not be forgotten in these extraordinary times,” says Dimitris Fafalios, Chairman of INTERCARGO. “The issue of crew change must be at the top of the industry’s agenda. Seafarers are amongst the world’s key workers, vital to the global transportation chain. All maritime nations, ports and airports should, as a matter of urgency, permit the travel in/out and sign-on/off of seafarers, with the necessary safety procedures, allowing them to join from and repatriate to their countries of residence with seafarer’s documents and without visas, while the consulates are closed in the seafarers’ countries of residence.

Full article, ELNAVI May 2020, Issue 557, Page. 6

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