International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International
Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) have jointly contributed US$500,000 to the Singapore
Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund to support countries
that adopt best practices for crew change.
adds to the US$1 million SG-STAR Fund established by the Maritime and Port
Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), Singapore
Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), and Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS).
The total fund now amounts to S$1.68 million (approximately US$1.2 million).
ICS will also lend support to the SG-STAR Fund
ITF and IMEC, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will also lend
support to the SG-STAR Fund including technical expertise in shipping. With the
contribution and support by ITF, IMEC and ICS, the SG-STAR Fund is the first
global tripartite initiative bringing together like-minded international
partners from the industry, unions and Government to facilitate safe crew
changes. The fund, based in Singapore, will be disbursed for use upstream in
countries where seafarers come from. We continue to welcome like-minded partners
to join us in this global alliance.
Fund has the potential to reduce the severity of the crew change crisis
General Secretary Mr Stephen Cotton said the SG-STAR Fund has the potential to
support practical solutions to reduce the severity of the crew change crisis
for the world’s 1.4 million seafarers.
over six months, the crew change crisis has seen hundreds of thousands of
seafarers either trapped on ships or unemployed at home, desperate to get to
work. For the world’s seafarers, they need practical solutions now, not
tomorrow, to end this humanitarian crisis and get seafarers to and from ships
in a safe manner. This joint initiative, working with tripartite partners to
promote practical solutions to the crew change crisis, will be key to breaking
the current deadlock.”
The COVID-19 pandemic is unfairly
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the ICS, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is
unfairly trapping seafarers. This initiative is exactly the type of project
needed to resolve the crew change crisis.”
Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization, said,
“This is a commendable global initiative bringing together the collective
efforts of governments, the shipping industry and maritime unions to take
concrete steps to address the urgent issue of crew change.”