A league table has been created by the international trade association for ship and crew managers, InterManager, to highlight successful crew changes carried out despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions.
The ‘Maritime Champions League’ website is for ship and crew managers to share examples of successful crew repatriation incidents, irrespective of whether they were in-house or via a third party. It will also detail the nationalities of the crews who were relieved, the efforts of national administrations to carry out crew changes, and their willingness to cooperate amid COVID-19.
Captain Kuba Szymanski, secretary general InterManager, hopes the success stories of the website will spur others into action. “It will be an inspiration for those who are still in the planning phase, and not just bury themselves under the bureaucratic duvet,” he said.
“It is hoped that this table will convey a clear message to all industry stakeholders that the maritime industry has not forgotten their seafarers, and that we are willing and able to conduct crew changes and show utilised routes.”
The league table is live on the InterManager website and will be continuously updated with relevant data as and when it becomes available.