International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and its global network of national member associations and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its 215 seafarers’ unions are calling on seafarers across the world to sound their ships’ horns when in port at 12.00 local time on International Workers’ Day on 1 May 2020.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are jointly calling on governments to take urgent measures to facilitate crew change flights for seafarers.
The International Chamber of Shipping today welcomed the guidance issued by the European Commission which calls on EU member states, in coordination with the Commission, to designate ports around EU shores for fast-track crew changes, with adequate facilities for seafarers to undertake medical checks, quarantine if required by the country in question, and transport connections onward to their home country.
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ARE STORING UP TROUBLE FOR SEAFARERS AND GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) have joined forces to call on G20 leaders to act quickly to protect global supply chains from the impact of COVID-19.
JOINT OPEN LETTER TO UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES FROM THE GLOBAL MARITIME TRANSPORT INDUSTRY
FACILITATING CREW CHANGES TO KEEP WORLD TRADE MOVING THROUGHOUT THE COVID-19 CRISIS
In response to media enquiries we have provided the following statement from Guy Platten, Secretary General, ICS:
Document produced in collaboration with international bodies; WHO, IMO, ECDC and IMHA.
Port state control authorities will begin to enforce the IMO’s Sulphur 2020 from 1st March, making it an offense for ships to carry fuel that contains a sulphur content higher than 0.5 percent unless the ship has an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System.
The Panama Canal Authority has said it will impose a ‘Freshwater Charge’ on ships passing through the canal from 15th February.