13.2 C
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Home News Maersk urges action to protect seafarers

Maersk urges action to protect seafarers

The world’s largest container ship operator, Maersk Line has added its voice to the call for more action from the authorities following the high-level conference hosted by the UK Government on 9 July.

Soren Skou, CEO, AP Møller – Maersk said that seafarers are vital to the global economy, providing an often unseen link in the supply chain between consumers, producers and manufacturers.

“Our colleagues at sea have been working non-stop since the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year and their safety is of paramount importance. We strongly urge the relevant national governments to address the situation of these men and women and help us establish safe corridors between key countries to keep the situation from deteriorating further,” said Skou.

Both the maritime regulatory authority, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the unions, through the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have been very vocal on this issue.

On 9 July following the meeting that included the IMO and many member states, 13 countries put out a joint statement backing the creation of a framework that would allow the repatriation of crew. In addition, Maersk praised the Philippines, which recently announced a green lane for seafarers.

Skou said, “Maersk is committed to helping achieve a solution as quickly as possible to prevent a humanitarian world crisis with potential consequences for safety at sea.”

- Advertisment - LR Sustainability Decarbonisation Digital Adverts

Latest Posts

New York/New Jersey battens down the hatches for Tropical Storm Isaias

The main container terminals in the port of New York and New Jersey have battened down the hatches to prepare for the imminent arrival...

Updated: Massive explosion rips through the Port of Beirut

An explosion at the port of Beirut in Lebanon has caused carnage in the country’s capital. The blast occurred after what appeared to be...

Hapag-Lloyd raises THCs

German carrier Hapag-Lloyd has announced new terminal charges that will apply to cargo shipped between Europe and the US. From 1 September terminal handling...

Rate recovery and falling fuel costs helps ONE to Q1 profit

Falling revenues failed to halt soaring profits at Ocean Network Express (ONE) as the Singapore-based carrier recorded net profits of US$167 million, in the...

FMC monitors lines as SCFI breaks US$3,000 bar

Aggressive capacity management by carriers, currently being monitored by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), has pushed the US west coast Shanghai Containerized Freight Index...