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Monday, May 11, 2020 

Following the UK Prime Ministerís broadcast the UK Chamber of Shipping (UKCS) is urging the UK government to exempt seafarers and maritime workers from any quarantine restrictions and to provide industry with urgent clarification on the rules around the 14-day quarantine.

The Chamber has been involved in calls with ministers over the weekend and whilst it says it has been assured by government that seafarers will be exempt from the quarantine rule, urgent confirmation is needed that this will in fact be the case.

UKCS CEO Bob Sanguinetti said: “The UK shipping industry employs nearly 200,000 people and it is imperative the UK government avoids applying quarantine restrictions to seafarers and other maritime workers. If we want to ensure supply chains remain open, and essential goods including food, fuel, raw materials and vital medical supplies continue to flow into the country, it is vital that seafarers and maritime workers can move between countries without imposition. We urgently call on the government to provide the industry with clarity on this issue.”

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