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VACCINATION LOTTERY FOR DRY BULK SECTOR - INTERCARGO

VACCINATION LOTTERY FOR DRY BULK SECTOR - INTERCARGO

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 

According to dry bulk shipping organisation Intercargo, seafarers are still falling victim to the lack of focus and joined up thinking from leaders of governments and the maritime industry, which has become apparent during the current crew change crisis.

Intercargo echoes the recent statements made by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim that the issues around vaccination need to be resolved and warning that the crew change crisis is far from over; also, the heads of five UN organizations calling for maritime and air transport workers to be prioritized for Covid-19 vaccination, given their key role in supporting global trade and mobility, which is essential for a sustainable socio-economic recovery. Whilst the numbers of seafarers requiring repatriation after finishing their contracts has declined in recent months there are still around 200,000 seafarers waiting to return to their homes and families. An equal number are waiting on shore to resume their livelihood and keep the world trade going.

Fafalios said: “Intercargo is participating in a joint industry Vaccination Taskforce, led by the International Chamber of Shipping, aimed at providing clear solutions and practical guidance in the increasingly complex situation we currently face. The group has produced guidance on the legal, liability and insurance issues arising from the vaccination of seafarers and is also working on developing a preliminary list of vaccination hub ports. Seafarers who have not yet been able to receive a vaccination should be permitted to travel to and from their country of domicile and their place of work without restriction.”

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