IMO issues recommendation for medical assistance to seafarers

The coronavirus outbreak has made it unusually difficult for sick seafarers to get treatment on shore. Even when it does not involve coronavirus. New recommendations from the IMO aim to change this. "Now is time for governments around the world to deliver for seafarers," says secretary general.

Søfolk bliver tjekket i lufthavnen Changi i Singapore efter flere måneder på havet. Photo: Edgar Su / Reuters / Ritzau Scanpix/REUTERS / X90125

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, sick seafarers have had an unusually hard time getting access to medical assistance on land. Also in cases that do not involve coronavirus, but a stroke, for which the sick person was denied access on shore.

Maersk recently told ShippingWatch that sick seafarers have been denied access by authorities the world over. And this is the case for many shipping companies, and not least the affected seafarers, who have been stranded at sea for months.

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