“GET SEAFARERS and frontline maritime shore workers at the head of the vaccine queue,” the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) appeals to governments. It also calls to designate seafarers as key workers to avoid a repeat of the 2020 crew change crisis. ICS is demanding that governments, who are once again restricting travel as a reaction to new COVID-19 mutations, recognize the vital role seafarers play in the global supply chain.
According to Olalia, the 29 Filipino crewmen underwent COVID-19 tests and produced negative results before they were deployed to China. “I assured them (Chinese embassy officials) there is no issue over integrity because the testing facilities accredited by the Department of Health don’t fabricate results,” he said.