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BIMCO FILM RAISES AWARENESS OF SHIPPING IMPORTANCE

BIMCO FILM RAISES AWARENESS OF SHIPPING IMPORTANCE

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 

According to shipowner organisation BIMCO, 2020 was a tremendous test for the shipping industry and its seafarers, so with the aim of raising awareness of how significant a role shipping plays in society and daily lives, BIMCO is launching a two-minute film produced in co-operation with UK-based television production company ITN.

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world in early 2020, shutting down countries, borders and much of daily life, the shipping industry continued to supply all the necessities that people and societies depend on. A great number of decision makers, as well as the general public, are however not aware of exactly how disruptive life would be, were it not for shipping. BIMCO has therefore decided to produce a film on behalf of the industry to increase this awareness.

Secretary General and CEO, David Loosley said: “With the crew change crisis intensifying day by day, it has become clear that one of the primary reasons for this crisis, is lack of awareness when it comes to shipping.”

The crew change crisis has kept, and continues to keep, hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck at sea for months after their contracts have expired, as they struggle to keep the rest of the world supplied. National restrictions around the world to try and contain the Covid-19 pandemic are still preventing crew from disembarking and returning home.

The film is the first in a series of initiatives that will be launched by BIMCO over the coming years and BIMCO is investing in the marketing of the film. It is the aim that the industry will help share and distribute the material as widely as possible.

“Around 90% of global trade is transported by ship. Now is a good time to make decision makers and the public aware of how medicine, food, cars and clothes are transported, and why seafarers too should have key worker status,” said Loosley. “We hope the film will serve as a tool that we and the entire industry can use to achieve the common goal of raising awareness about shipping outside of our own industry. Without shipping, life would be different.”

The film is not branded a ‘BIMCO film’ but rather serves as a point of view on the industry and can be viewed and shared here.

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