Stop working! Governments not ready to start crew change internationally!

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With an estimated 100,000 crew monthly unable to be changed over on ships due to COVID-19 restrictions at ports worldwide there is a growing crisis of seafarers whose contracts are up but unable to the leave the vessel and return home.

Needless to say ports are working just normal to keep their supplies up but nobody is thinking about resolving the crew change crisis, also as per the recent developments international flights are suspended at least till July.20.

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has joined forces with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to facilitate crew change at key ports but governments are still not taking it seriously as the ships are working seamlessly to keep the supply chain running.

With the introduction of rapid test kits, one can be tested before boarding special flights and at port before joining ship for COVID-19, however, government is not taking it seriously even when it is highly visible that internal flights are far from operation at least for another 2 to 3 months.

There are many seafarers who have urgencies at home, who are not so mentally tired due to 6-9 months of contract on ship already, also who are at home and going through financial crunch now.

With infinite circulars from IMO which appears to be so weak now and 1,5 months of anti seafarer indian government i recommend to stop working and affect supply chain.

I request to sign this petition in as heavy numbers as possible to take the matter ahead and solving this crew change crisis.