New guidance to facilitate repatriation flights for seafarers
Passenger and repatriation flights are essential to allow stranded seafarers to go home, and for their relief crews to be able to join ships. New guidance issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to facilitate those flights marks a further step to alleviate the ongoing crew change crisis.
The guidance outlines specific
|IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim expressed his confidence that this new contribution by the United Nations will have a positive impact on the crew change crisis. It is estimated that 400,000 seafarers are still trapped at sea, due to restrictions imposed by Governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidance is shared by IMO in Circular Letter 4204/Add.32. attached – It will be reviewed and updated as necessary by ICAO as the global situation evolves.
You can find on the ICAO website here
the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidance specifically applicable to facilitating passenger and repatriation flights using Public Health Corridors (PHC) during the COVID-19 pandemic.