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July 17, 2020

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The main employers' and trade union organisations in the maritime sector have sent letters to European leaders

The world's leading employers' and trade union organisations maritime sectors have again asked European governments urgent measures to resolve the serious humanitarian crisis caused by the inability to provide, in Europe and in Europe around the world, to most of the necessary crew changes ships. The exhortation was sent in a letter signed by Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA), Bimco, CLIA Europe, European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), InterManager, International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (InterCargo), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC), International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), Intertanko and World Shipping Council.

Referring to the recent meeting in London to address the ECSA secretary-general Martin Dorsman - highlighted that while fully appreciating the government's efforts Uk to organise the international maritime summit 9 July, in which ministers the urgency of the issue, "however, is need to do more. Currently - dorsman noted - the crew changes occur only 30% of what they have which is estimated necessary. Seafarers play a role essential in maintaining the global flow of energy, food, medicines and medical supplies transported by ship. Many seafarers have been away from home for months, unable to leave their ships and go home because of the travel restrictions imposed governments. At the same time, seafarers who have been enlisted to replace them are prevented from doing so, by the way because facilities to obtain visas to travel to the places where they are expected to join their ships."

"Currently," recalled Livia Spera, Secretary ETF - you need to replace at least 200,000 up to 300,000 seafarers and this number increases Week. Some of these seafarers have spent 15 or more months on board and are tired and tired Fatigued. To replace their long-time colleagues in service, an equal number of new crew members must be able to travel to reach the ships."

To this end, maritime organisations are calling on leaders European Union to implement the commitments made in the issued after the Summit on 9 July. In the letters sent to governments also remember that this is a humanitarian crisis which also extends ashore because, without the seafarers, the ships cannot operate and cannot deliver the goods necessary to the every segment of the economy works.

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