The international ship and crew managers’ association has launched what it has dubbed a “Maritime Champion’s League” in an aim to reward the efforts of both third party and inhouse managers who have put serious time and resources into enabling crew changes to take place despite the ever moving restrictions placed by countries around the world as they try to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“Some ship managers are making huge strides, and some have only changed the circumstances of a handful of seafarers, but every little helps,” said Capt. Kuba Szymanski, secretary general of InterManager.
“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.
“It is hoped that this table will convey a clear message to all industry stakeholders that the maritime industry has not forgotten their seafarers, and that we are willing and able to conduct crew changes and show utilised routes.”
The online league table lists the ports where crew changes took place and the nationalities of the crew involved. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement tops the table with 536 seafarers repatriated.
“The Maritime Champions League table will also detail the nationalities of those who have been relieved, and will show the efforts of national administrations and their willingness to cooperate and be an inspiration for those who are still in the planning phase, and not just bury themselves under the bureaucratic duvet,” Szymanski said.
“By working collectively, we can pool our resources for crew changes and achieve far more than we could alone.”
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