The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have stepped up pressure on governments to allow thousands of seafarers to be repatriated.
In a joint message, the ITF and ICS called on governments to urgently allow the free movement of seafarers in order to support the global supply chain. Their key demands are:
- designate a specific and limited number of airports for the safe movement and repatriation of crew
- redefine seafarers as key workers providing essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic
- lift national restrictions designed for passengers and non-essential personnel
- to deliver their commitment to keep supply chains open by taking urgent measures
ICS and ITF have produced a 'seafarer travel certificate' that identifies seafarers as key workers who should be given free movement with legitimate authority.
Employers can the use the letter template, copy the text on company headed paper, and fill in the seafarer's individual details. Companies will have to confirm seafarers have undergone required medical screening.
The template letter, and other seafarers' documents, can be viewed within the special Covid-19 section of the ITF Global website in the Seafarers Section and also the Nautilus membership resources section by signing in to My Nautilus.