Dispatches No. 480

Dear Members,

InterManager’s Magazine DISPATCH is now available from:

DISPATCH

 

InterManager is looking into the possibility of POOLING RESOURCES FOR SEAFARERS’ TRAVEL purposes: for the origin of the project, please check previous Dispatches.

This week’s update:

In order to assist our members with booking flights, InterManager has teamed up with QA Travel to test the pooling facilities.

Please see and website link: https://www.qatravelsos.com/crew-travel-solutions

 

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Two major issues with crew changes were recently highlighted, and we are working on solutions:

  1. Arrival of the on-signing crew three days before off-signer’s flights (same corridors, transfer arrangements as for above off-signers, etc.)
  2. On-signers tests

 

 

Item 1 above:
A serious problem with on-signing seafarers to leave their home countries due to local lockdowns and lack of flights: all of this is despite EU communication and guidance regarding the free flow of seafarers. Seafarers are absolutely NOT a priority of local governments of India, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Russia etc.; therefore members with a strong presence and useful contacts in seafarering supplying countries are kindly requested to contact us in order to progress this issue.

 

 

Item 2 above:

Anyone entering most of the countries are placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Even if we manage to set up a corridor to bring them from the airport to the vessel, we need to ensure that the joiners do not board vessels infected with the COVID-19 virus. Many corporate policies require all crew members joining a vessel to undergo specific laboratory testing (PCR) before being placed onboard: this is not currently available in Qatar at this moment unless the individual has symptoms of COVID-19.

We are going to work with local authorities regarding PCR lab testing availability in ports, but this proves very, very difficult.

 

As can be seen above, OFF-SIGNING seafarers is possible, and has been successfully carried out. Admittedly these were seafarers who did NOT require to be relieved by ON-SIGNING personnel (riding squad, technicians, cadets etc.)

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Emirates Airlines are to resume flights to Europe.

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For the attention of IGOs and NGOs in consultative status with IMO

This email is to kindly remind you that the deadline for submission of nominations for the 2020 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is on Wednesday, 15 April. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries about the nomination process (please refer to the email and links below).

We look forward to receiving your organisation’s nomination(s).

Many thanks and kind regards,

External Relations Office

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Last week:

  • Working on COVID-19
  • Working on Nigeria latest hijack case

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This Week:

  • Working on COVID-19
  • Working on Nigeria latest hijack case

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Looking forward:

All travel cancelled 

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Mt Kilimanjaro August 2020

We are taking on this giant of the world in August 2020, and we are looking for participants now so that training can begin and we can build a good plan for fundraising.

This is certainly one of life’s achievements and will not be forgotten easily!

Minimum sponsorship amount £5000.

Brochure and video being created.

I hope you’re well and will join me in a canoe or on a trek, maybe?

 

Kindest regards

Rebecca Bridgen

Events Fundraiser

Sailors’ Society

+ 44 7712 404130

 

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Brgds Kuba

Capt. Kuba Szymanski

Secretary General

+44 7624 498 266

 

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