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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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    Day of the Seafarer 2021

    Day of the seafarer is an official United Nations international observance day which takes place every year on 25 June. Organized by IMO, it aims to increase awareness of the world's 1.5 million seafarers. The 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign will continue to encourage governments to support seafarers amid the COVID-19 pandemic but will expand its message, calling for a fair future for seafarers.

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    IMO’s work to cut GHG emissions from ships

    IMO is contributing to the global fight against climate change. IMO has adopted mandatory measures to cut emissions. In 2018, IMO adopted an initial strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships. IMO projects promote innovation and support developing countries, especially small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).

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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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    Enhancing fishing vessel safety to save lives

    Fishing is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. It is estimated that thousands of fishers lose their lives every year. That is why IMO has been working for many years, alongside other stakeholders, to enhance fishing vessel safety – and save lives at sea. This work will also contribute to the battle against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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