The Role of Flag States in the Crew Change Crisis Rises

Around 600,000 seafarers either stranded at sea or waiting for employment on land, and following a series of casualties in the sector over the last month, crew change measures are being attributed to the shipping industry’s efforts to act under the radar.

The question now raised is, what kind of influence the largest registries (Panama, Liberia, and the Marshall Islands, etc.) may bring to the international stage regarding this issue.

The International Chamber of Shipping chair described the ongoing crew impasse as a humanitarian crisis, which the  Secretary General of the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO), agreed with.

The UK-based Sailors’ Society said yesterday that the coronavirus represents the worst crisis for seafarers in the charity’s 200-year history. For more details, please visit the link below: