Crew change issue in shipping industry: Call to action at government levels to create safe travel corridors for seafarers

A.P. Moller-Maersk CEO statement on crew changes in the container ship industry:

“The world’s seafarers are vital to the global economy and in keeping supply chains running. Our colleagues at sea have been working non-stop since the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year and their safety is of paramount importance. We strongly urge the relevant national governments to address the situation of these men and women and help us establish safe corridors between key countries to keep the situation from deteriorating further. Maersk is committed to helping achieve a solution as quickly as possible to prevent a humanitarian world crisis with potential consequences for safety at sea.
– Soren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller – Maersk

With some countries gradually beginning to reopen their societies, our priority from 12 May onwards has been to initiate crew changes that can be done safely, bearing in mind local regulations, travel options and minimal risk to current and future crew onboard and their families.

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Source: Hellenic Shipping News