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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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    Monkeypox disease

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a multi-country monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic countries. IMO has issued Circular Letter which contains guidance issued by the WHO.

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    FSO SAFER oil spill risk - addressing the threat

    A United Nations-coordinated plan aims to address the threat posed by the deteriorating floating storage and offloading unit FSO SAFER, which is moored off the coast of Yemen. IMO is supporting the contingency planning efforts aimed at enhancing preparedness to mitigate the environmental impacts of a potential spill.

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    IMO and autonomous shipping

    IMO has a key strategic direction to Integrate new and advancing technologies in the regulatory framework. IMO is currently assessing existing IMO instruments to see how they might apply to ships with varying degrees of automation, through a regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS).

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    Supporting seafarers

    The COVID-19 pandemic put seafarers around the world in precarious situations. At the height of the pandemic some 400,000 seafarers were stranded on ships beyond the end of their original contracts and unable to be repatriated, due to COVID-related travel restrictions. A similar number of seafarers were stuck at home, unable to join ships and provide for their families. Issues of repatriation and medical assistance continued.

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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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    Marine litter – how IMO is part of the solution

    Marine litter presents a huge problem in our oceans. But IMO and others have been taking action, by regulating the discharge of garbage from ships and supporting research work.

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    African swine fever (ASF)

    African swine fever (ASF) is a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs. It is responsible for serious economic losses and can severely impact a country's pig farming and processing industries.

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