3/4/20: The IMO Secretary-General has met with senior UN officials and the UN Secretary-General to seek their support concerning IMO’s request to governments to declare seafarers, port personnel and other crucial maritime workers as key personnel.
This follows a letter IMO sent to Governments on 27 March urging them to adopt measures to minimise disruption to international maritime transport.
The recommendations including designating all workers within the supply chain as key workers.
Designate professional seafarers and marine personnel, regardless of nationality when in their jurisdiction, as "key workers" providing an essential service.
Grant professional seafarers and marine personnel with any necessary and appropriate exemptions from national travel or movement restrictions in order to facilitate their joining or leaving ships.
Identify port workers, port authority and port service personnel, and, inter alia, other vital ancillary personnel such as pilots, mooring tug and dredger crew, and ship suppliers as "key workers" because they provide an essential service to facilitating shipping and port operations to maintain the movement of cargoes and the conduct of other vital economic activities, regardless of whether they are public or private sector employees.
Source: IMO, 27/3/20