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30 October 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 15:06 GMT+1

October 5, 2020

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Messina (Assarmatori): the effects of the pandemic on the shipping have been devastating

Only by taking charge of this reality without previous ones , he warned, "you will be able to grasp the need to take exceptional measures

The shipping industry has been severely affected by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. He underlined this today the president of Assarmatori, Stefano Messina, participating at the round table organized in Rome by Filt-Cgil on the occasion 40 years since the founding of the Federation for the trade union organisation.

"There is no point in hiding behind attempts to minimize -- he explained Messina - the effects of the pandemic on transport maritime authorities have been devastating especially in the passenger sector, generating at the same time very great difficulties even in the goods sector. Only by taking charge of this reality without we will be able to grasp the need to adopt exceptional measures and to deal with the crisis with solutions innovative."

"The impact of the pandemic," continued the President of Assarmators -- it has translated into some compartments, such as that cruises or ferry ships in a sudden braking and in a persistent state of uncertainty. But seamen are used to to struggle even with the most terrible storms. And the Covid-19 it must also be addressed at the institutional level as a storm that requires sudden interventions and changes of course to ensure that opportunities for Italian employment are seed maritime industry.'

Messina also highlighted how the pandemic has for months prevented the normal turnover of the crews and how, besides as applications for the Solimare Fund increase, the solimare sector maritime age has faced exponential growth in benefits provided by the National Maritime Fund, "elements," he noted, "that will not prevent transport maritime to fight, in close cooperation with government, institutions and social partners, a battle to find new regulatory reading keys for the relaunch of the sector and the employment, with the person at the centre in a built together by companies and workers."

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