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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice for seafarers and shipping

    Advice to people on how to protect themselves and those around them from getting the disease.

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    Reducing GHG from ships - IMO's GHG strategy

    IMO is contributing to the global fight against climate change, in support of UN SDG 13. IMO has adopted mandatory measures on energy efficiency, and, in 2018, adopted an initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships, setting out a vision which confirms a commitment to cutting GHG emissions from international shipping and to phasing them out as soon as possible.

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    Facilitation (FAL) – enhancing the free flow of trade by ship

    The main objective of the IMO's Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), adopted in 1965, is to achieve the most efficient maritime transport as possible, looking for smooth transit in ports of ships, cargo and passengers.

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    Crew change crisis

    COVID-related travel restrictions have created significant hurdles to crew changes and repatriation of seafarers, which has led to a growing humanitarian crisis as well as significant concerns for the safety of seafarers and shipping.

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    Supporting seafarers on the frontline of COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put seafarers around the world in precarious situations. Travel restrictions mean some cannot leave their ships, be repatriated home, or even get urgent medical assistance. IMO has established an internal team to help resolve individual cases, often working alongside other organizations.

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    Testimonies of stranded seafarers

    As of July 2020, over 200,000 seafarers are stranded on ships and waiting to be repatriated, and about as many are stranded home and eagerly waiting to join ships and earn a living. Seafarers from around the world have agreed to share a glimpse of the challenges they face during the pandemic.

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    Responding to MV Wakashio oil spill

    IMO has joined international efforts to respond to the oil spill involving the bulk carrier MV Wakashio, off the coast of Mauritius. IMO and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) jointly deployed an expert, who advisei the Government of Mauritius on the mitigation of the impacts on the environment and coastal communities.

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    IMO and the SDGS

    As part of the United Nations family, IMO is actively working towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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