Brevet følger opp den kontakten organisasjonene hadde med G20 landene i et digitalt møte som fant sted 20. mars.
I brevet ber lederne for begge organisasjoner om støtte til verdenshandelens helter - "The unsung heroes of global trade".
Guy Platten, Generalsekretær i International Chamber of Shipping sier:
“The issue of crew changes has the potential to become a massive problem for the global economy if governments do not address our concerns. ITF and ICS have worked closely to come forward with pragmatic solutions for governments to work on and we stand ready to support the G20, the UN institutions and most importantly our seafarers. Seafarers are the unsung heroes of global trade but the current restrictions being put in place to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic are not sustainable.”
Stephen Cotton, Generalsekretær i International Transport Workers' Federation uttaler:
“The maritime industry is calling on governments to show respect for seafarers and co- ordinate a global strategy with key stakeholders, including major airlines, to ease restrictions and facilitate the changeover of ships’ crews. ITF and ICS have grave concern for thousands of seafarers whose duty on board has ended but are forced to remain at sea for additional months due to current national travel restrictions. The current deadlock not only threatens seafarers’ personal health and wellbeing, but also increases the risk of marine accidents and jeopardises the global supply chains that are integral to responding to, and eventually overcoming, this pandemic. We call for immediate and co-ordinated global action to safely resume crew changes and the repatriation of seafarers in a manner that protects the health and safety, and ultimately the lives of seafarers.”
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