The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has today reminded the global shipping industry that failure to adhere to crew change protocols must not be tolerated.
Alarming reports of ship managers and individuals failing to comply with national crew change guidelines have come to ICS attention. With stories emerging yesterday of crew arriving in Singapore with Covid-19 symptoms, it is clear that some seafarers and crew and manning companies are “not taking seriously” the protocol of self-imposed isolation (minimum of 14 days) when being rostered for crew change.
For months, ICS has urged the global shipping industry and national governments to adopt its health guidance and 12-step crew change protocols to ensure crew changes can be carried out. ICS has put forward these comprehensive documents to facilitate the safe rotations of seafarers as well as help protect the health of the general public during the Covid-19 pandemic. Strict adherence to these 12-step protocols has proved that seafarers are able to change over safely and keep trade flowing.