UN General Assembly Resolution calls for seafarer key worker designation and implementation of crew change protocols; IMO Secretary-General urges priority vaccination.

The United Nations General Assembly has called on UN Member States to designate seafarers and other marine personnel as key workers and to implement relevant measures to allow stranded seafarers to be repatriated and others to join ships, and to ensure  access to medical care. In a resolution on International cooperation to address challenges faced…

IMO approves extra measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships

The IMO approved Tuesday draft amendments to MARPOL on short-term measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial shipping. The additional regulations were approved at IMO’s 75th session of Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75), underway virtually this week. The new measures add to already agreed energy efficiency regulations for new vessels and aim…

Crew change: St.Kitts & Nevis designate a national focal point of contact

Following the adoption of Resolution MSC.473 (ES.2) at the recent IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, some member government states have already started notifying the IMO of their national contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers.St.Kitts & Nevis have duly designated such a national focal point of contact already. The Resolution MSC.473 (ES.2) was adopted during an…