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News | 09 Apr 2020

Maritime unions and employers call on governments to identify seafarers as key workers and facilitate crew changes

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention  issued a statement last week that accurately frames the...

News | 07 Apr 2020

Message to G20 leaders and ministers on facilitating essential movement of seafarers and marine personnel

Joint statement from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) About 90 per cent of global trade is...

News | 07 Apr 2020 Press Release

ICS and ITF call on G20 to support the “unsung heroes of global trade”

Covid-19 restrictions are storing up trouble for seafarers and global supply chains LONDON - 7 APRIL 2020: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the...

News | 07 Apr 2020

Covid-19 map launched to support global seafarers

The ITF has launched a map showing the effect of Covid-19 restrictions on countries and ports around the globe. Based on data from the ITF’s network of...

News | 03 Apr 2020 Press Release

Australian prime minister urged to do the “right thing” for thousands of stranded seafarers

 On March 29, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that that it was, “important that Australia does the right thing about those who have fallen into our care to...

News | 30 Mar 2020

Key workers can only protect us if we protect them

As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, we have seen images on news reports across the globe of empty shelves in supermarkets as ‘panic buying’ has sparked...

News | 29 Mar 2020

US maritime unions playing essential role in the Covid-19 fight

Last week, the government activated its two military hospital ships, the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort, which will be docked in Los Angeles and New York...

News | 24 Mar 2020

Imagine a world if you can

The life of a seafarer: the “invisible” workforce that keeps world trade moving. Ninety per cent of the world’s goods are transported by sea. On any given...