Several trade and employers unions have given maximum 15th June as extension to seafarers who are over their contracts, after that they need to be signed off. A statement which was issued by the two organizations ITWF and IMEC have said government of various countries to work upon the plan which is made by IMO for the crew change. And give priority to the crew change of those who are at sea longer than others. Crew change was stopped due to worldwide lockdown and putting seafarers stranded on their ships. Some of them have already passed 6 or 9 months.
Trade Unions have said if ship owners and government fails to meet the mid June dead Lines ‘It could severely impact the commercial viability of shipping operations’. They are also in contact with ship owners to increase the incentives like better internet connectivity to the crew members. IMO has given 55 page blue print to all the member state about the plan they need to follow for crew change.
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