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08 August 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 01:21 GMT+2

July 10, 2020

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Twelve nations are committed to allowing the exchange safety of ship crews

Statement signed by Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Emirates United Arab Emirates, Philippines, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Singapore and USA

Twelve nations have signed a joint declaration commitment to encouraging all the states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to designate seafarers as workers protocols to ensure change in the world. safety of ship crews and to allow transfers of seafarers during the coronavirus pandemic were approved and disseminated by the IMO in May. The statement is signed by representatives of Saudi Arabia, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Singapore and the United States of America.

In the statement, signed yesterday in London at the International Maritime Summit on Crew Change that is been hosted by the UK government and to which they representatives of the IMO, International Labour and the International Labour Organization (ILO), of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), UK Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus International and Maritime UK, representatives from the 12 countries expressed their profound concern about the current crisis and have acknowledged that "The inability of maritime operators across the world world to implement the crew changes of ships is the most urgent maritime operational challenge for trade safe and efficient global environment."

The Joint Declaration also recognises the importance of consider the possibility of waivers or exemptions from visas or document procedures for seafarers and to work to allow access to commercial flights to and from major countries of origin of seafarers.

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