COVID-19 – US pledges support to facilitate crew changes and achieving key worker designation for seafarers


In its latest Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB 04-21), the USCG recognizes that travel restrictions imposed by governments around the world have created significant hurdles to crew changes and repatriation of seafarers. The physical and mental fatigue of seafarers who are unable to leave the vessel at the end of their contracts has led to growing humanitarian concerns as well as concerns for the safety of seafarers and shipping.

The U.S. has joined 53 other IMO member states in pledging to facilitate crew changes and achieve key worker designation for seafarers.

USCG gives guidance on actions required to be taken by U.S. mariners or International mariners in US if they are unable to carry out crew change.