UN must sway govts to avoid ‘humanitarian disaster’: shipping industryLogYcode
Global industrial and shipping leaders have urged the Secretary-General of the United Nations to persuade its 193 member states to act as a matter of urgency to avoid a “humanitarian crisis,” with more than 200,000 tired, mentally strained seafarers currently working on vessels around the globe and unable to be relieved of their duties.
In a joint letter to António Guterres, the representative of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) urged the Secretary-General to ensure that the 12-step set of protocols of guidelines provided by the maritime authority of the United Nations, the International Maritime Organisation, be followed by governments.
The letter explains that “There are now more than 200,000 seafarers worldwide aboard warships who have finished their contracted service tour but have been prohibited from returning home. Some of these seafarers would suffer negative impacts on their mental wellbeing and reduced capacity to play their tasks safely in the face of increasing exhaustion.