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V.GROUP:The covid driven humanitarian crisis of seafarers-A call for action under the UN Guiding Principles and Human Rights

 

Our ship management and crewing teams continue to work hard to undertake crew changes onboard vessels in the face of many challenges imposed by national governments.

Despite these ongoing challenges, we have reduced the number of colleagues onboard who are on overdue contracts, but we all agree more efforts are required as we continue to work with various global agencies to influence governments and related businesses.

Earlier this month, a joint statement was issued by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), the UN Global Compact and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights calling on governments to immediately recognise seafarers as key workers, and to take action to remove the obstacles to crew changes.

‘The statement, ‘The COVID-driven humanitarian crisis of seafarers: A call for action under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’, was sent to all governments and businesses and we welcome this statement as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the essential role that seafarers play is fully recognised’, commented Allan Falkenberg, V.Group Crew Management CEO.

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