Designation of Seafarers as Key Workers
In view of the ongoing crew change crisis, which is impacting seafarers as well as other marine personnel, the Secretary-General is drawing attention to Member States to designating these professionals as key workers. In particular:
- Recommended action to facilitate ship crew change, access to medical care and seafarer travel during the COVID-19 pandemic [resolution MSC.473(ES.2)]
- International cooperation to address challenges faced by seafarers because of the COVID-19 pandemic to support global supply chains [resolution A/75/L.37]
- Maritime labour issues and the COVID-19 pandemic [GB.340/Resolution(Rev.2)]
Other marine personnel may include, inter alia, fishing vessel personnel, marine pilots, marine surveyors, marine superintendents, offshore energy sector personnel, offshore support personnel and port workers.
ICHCA fully supports the recognition of seafarers, port workers and the many people who keep the world trading as key workers.
Click here for circular letter: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Designation of seafarers as key workers