A joint letter from the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) has been sent to the European Council calling for urgent regulatory measures to help the shipping industry deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The letter calls on EU institutions to “support the industry and its workforce with the challenges they are facing”.
It argues that “special measures and actions have to be taken with the greatest urgency to ensure that the shipping industry can play its role in supporting the EU economy to the fullest extent possible”.
Three specific areas of concern are highlighted – social, operational and economic impacts.
The letter says that the “measures being taken by EU Member States to restrict the movement of people in order to minimise the infection risks are having serious consequences for the movement of seafarers”.
The letter points out that “the measures are severely impacting ship operations globally and making it difficult to find medical supplies and parts for vessels”.
The letter concludes that "direct economic impacts are now being seen in all shipping segments”.
The full text of the letter can be read at: