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Seafarers International Relief Fund

The Seafarers International Relief Fund has been created to respond to the increasing and desperate needs of seafarers resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic



In the current climate, ICS is working hard to support our members and the wider shipping community to provide guidance, recommendations and information for shipowners, seafarers and governments.


IATA and ICS: Governments must facilitate ship crew changes

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.

15 April 2020 Press Release

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers, Fourth Edition

This fourth edition was withdrawn in February 2022 and replaced by the fifth edition. Guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The comprehensive 56-page document has been produced in collaboration with experts from leading international bodies. This updated version contains downloadable guidance posters.

June 2021 Archive | Free

UN Agency finds governments in breach of international law

The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Committee of Experts has sent a strong message to governments that they have failed in their duty of care towards seafarers under international law during the COVID-19 pandemic.

17 December 2020 Press Release