seafarer repatriation procedures have been highlighted as part of an in-depth
webinar run by the Embassy of Indonesia in London (26 August).
The event, which
gathered representatives from governments and international organizations,
provided a platform for countries to learn from effective measures and to
discuss ways forward says an IMO release.
The repatriation of over 25 thousand seafarers involving 38 countries
and international waters
It included a
presentation on Indonesia's experience in dealing with the issue, which has led
to the repatriation of over 25 thousand seafarers involving 38 countries and
international waters. Methods of return (evacuation and repatriation), the
resources used, whether by government, shipowner or agent, were all presented. The
challenges, with regard to key stakeholders – shipowner, port States, regional
government and flag States were also addressed.
Kingdom's approach to resolving cases surrounding global cruise line vessels
The webinar also
featured the United Kingdom's approach to resolving cases surrounding global
cruise line vessels (14:13). For example, port State control action was used to
drive action by flag State, company and P&I clubs to protect seafarer
welfare after vessel detainment.
perspective of the International Transport Workers' Federation raised the
plight of many seafarers – including lack of shore leave, contract expiry, and
general worsening living and working conditions, while also praising areas of
progress and cases of good cooperation.
Crew change crisis an "all hands on deck evolution" said IMO
Legal & External Relations Director and Chair of the Seafarer Crisis Action
Team (SCAT), Frederick Kenney
Speaking at the
event, IMO Legal & External Relations Director and Chair of the Seafarer Crisis
Action Team (SCAT), Frederick Kenney accordingly described the crew change
crisis as an "all hands on deck evolution" in which international
cooperation represented the only way forward. Mr Kenney highlighted the work of
the SCAT, which works to help resolve individual cases of seafarers in need on
the front line as well as dealing with larger policy issues.