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ICS Call Seafarers to sound horn on 8 July ahead of Crew Change summit
Team Sea and Coast | 01/07/2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is reaching out to all ships to sound their horns at 12 noon on 8 July—the day before a summit meeting on crew change.This summit on 9 July is being led by the UK government.

Guy Platten, secretary-general, The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said this about the initiative, “Globally there are now 400,000 seafarers who are either stranded at sea and have overrun their contracts or are at shore waiting to start their tours of duty. The 8th July is a perfect moment to remind those politicians who are meeting to consider the impact of COVID-19 to classify these unsung heroes of global trade as key workers and to instigate seafarer air-bridges to enable safe travel.”

A similar event took place on 1 May with the under the banner of #HeroesAtSeaShoutout but despite the combined efforts of the industry, unions and the IMO, large scale crew changes are either extremely difficult or impossible in majority of ports around the world due to bureaucratic bottlenecks and governments not considering Seafarers as key workers.

A 12-step process for crew change has been drawn up and published by the IMO which is yet to be adopted by governments.

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