InterManager launches ‘Maritime Champions League’ to recognise the crew repatriation efforts of the maritime industry during the COVID-19, says an article published in their website.
About ‘Maritime Champions League ‘
InterManager, the international trade association for the ship and crew management sector launched ‘Maritime Champions League’ to recognise the crew repatriation efforts of the maritime industry during the COVID-19.
The Maritime Champions League is a website where ship managers can share their successful crew repatriation achievements and figures, irrespective of whether they are in-house or third party.
Seafarers stuck onboard
As widely reported, seafarers are facing an unprecedented crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as they have been unable to conduct crew changes and some of them are stuck onboard ships for much longer than originally planned.
Information to public
The association said that the main driver behind the move was to provide the public with the information from shipowners and crew managers who have been working on facilitating crew changes during the pandemic.
Recognise efforts taken by ship managers
Capt. Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager said some ship managers were making huge strides, and some only changed the circumstances of a handful of seafarers, but every little step helps and counts.
“InterManager believes that we need to reward those who – instead of simply talking – have rolled up their sleeves and immediately started working to find ways of repatriating their sea staff and seafarers.”
What information does the League table provide?
The table is expected to convey a clear message to all industry stakeholders that the maritime industry has not forgotten their seafarers, and that industry is willing and able to conduct crew changes and show utilised routes.
The Maritime Champions League table will also detail the below:
- nationalities of those who have been relieved, and
- the efforts of national administrations and their willingness to cooperate and
- an inspiration for those who are still in the planning phase, and not just bury themselves under the bureaucratic duvet.
“By working collectively, we can pool our resources for crew changes and achieve far more than we could alone.”
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