Seafarers can look forward to more safety measures and shore leave
The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) has drawn up a plan and list of procedures to ready a ship’s arrival, as well as caring for the crew. The body notably lobbied strongly for shore leave.
Extending safe shore leave
Intertanko asserted the shipmaster is to ensure accuracy in port information and vessel’s estimated time of arrival (ETA) for submission. Shipowners and operators are to be mindful of measures in place at destination ports – such as vessels needing to remained anchored for a duration for COVID-19 testing before the crew can continue activities on site.
However, parties are strongly encouraged to offer shore leave among other benefits to seafarers. These hardworking crew deserve their breaks; allowed to be mentally and physically detached from work. Intertanko also reminded that seafarers should enjoy their rights to shore leave subject to strict respect towards any public health measures applicable to the local population, and follow all precautionary measures including personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation. The association is also working with other industry bodies to develop shore leave guidance in compliance with regulation 2.4.2 of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and this guidance should be followed.
Alternative modes of bringing necessities to seafarers should be made available at ports that disallow shore leave. This is notwithstanding the importance of authorities extending some provisions to seafarers – especially those vaccinated. Distancing measures can be imposed between individuals ashore, with emphasis on those who demonstrate flu-like symptoms.
Lastly, Intertanko reminded that seafarers joining or departing ships should comply with the protocols in place, with crew managers ensuring all are compliant. All seafarers signing-on or off should check their temperature twice daily, and keep records as this may be required for a number of days before embarkation or disembarkation.
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