New shipping passport to ensure new crews access to ships

Shipping companies from across the globe are hit hard by closed borders that make it very difficult to change crews. International efforts are now underway to introduce a form of shipping passport so that crews can reach their ships.

Photo: -/AFP / Panama's Health Ministry

Right now the many borders shutting down across the world, and the airlines halting operations, represent severe threat to shipping.

Asking the CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association, Haral Solberg, this is the biggest challenge caused by the coronavirus, which shipping companies are dealing with these days. Because this has made it more or less impossible to change crews in many locations. The seafarers on board the ships are unable to get home, and the new crew is unable to get to the ship.

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