MARITIME INDUSTRY DIALOGUE - Session 09
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Designating seafarers as keyworkers and prioritising vaccinations to keep trade moving
International organisations are calling on governments to put seafarers and frontline maritime shore workers at the head of the vaccine queue. We unpack what this means in terms of making the vaccination mandatory and the implications in terms of the labour law.
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the ICS, commented: ‘The benefits of vaccinating those responsible for transporting the vaccine and PPE around the world should be obvious. Governments must class seafarers as “key workers” and give them priority access to the vaccine, as the inability to rotate crews from their ships risks the passage of the critical medical materials needed for the global vaccination effort. If we want to maintain global trade, seafarers must not be put to the back of the vaccine queue. Governments will not be able to inject their citizens without the shipping industry or, most importantly, our seafarers.’
COMPULSORY VACCINATIONS | Should vaccinations be made compulsory for seafarers?
LABOUR LAW | What are the labour law implications of macing vaccinations mandatory?
A ROLL OUT PLAN | How can a vaccination drive in the maritime sectors be administered effectively?
POLICY ADOPTION | How quickly will the shipping industry adopt policies in this regard?
CLARIFYING ROLES | There needs to be clarity on the role of International organisations, Flag States and Port State Control.
2021 Maritime Industry Dialogue
First Session for the New Year
International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network
Joani van Vuuren
Senior Associate: Webber Wentzel
Moderator | Maritime Review Africa