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05 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 16:05 GMT+2

June 12, 2020

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ECSA and ETFs call on EU health ministers to facilitate the change of ship crews at European ports

Dorsman: It is necessary to ensure that all states IMO protocols

Today, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and The European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) invited EU health ministers to provide care implementation of IMO protocols to ensure without further delays in the changes of ship crews at ports Member States of the European Union. In particular, the social partners European Maritime Transport countries have underlined the role of national health services in protecting health care health of seafarers in transit.

In the joint letter sent to the Health Ministers, ECSA and ETF have highlighted the huge problem that many seafarers face face not being able to leave their ships and go home to travel restrictions and the lack of facilities obtaining visas to enter the Schengen area prevents them from join their ships. Therefore, the maritime social partners have reiterated their call for all EU Member States to implement protocols and guidelines without delay International Maritime Organisation for the Exchange crew, in order to ensure that the changes medical assistance and ground leave for the crew. seafarers take place in their ports.

"The Ministers of Health - explained the ECSA Secretary-General Martin Dorsman - undoubtedly a central role, together with the Ministers of Transport and national efforts to implement IMO protocols States. We strongly urge the health ministers cooperation with other government departments in their States and throughout the Union. The maritime movement and crew changes at their ports must be facilitated conditions that safeguard their health and minimise the risks Covid-19 infection.

"We ask all EU member states to do so," he added Dorsman -- to set an example and to ensure that all states EU members implement IMO protocols to ensure that further changes in crewing at EU ports and respect for the rights of seafarers. Further delays - explained Secretary-General of the Association of European Shipowners - will have serious consequences for physical safety and health and maritime services, as well as the safety of naval operations and the operation of maritime supply chains global companies'.

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