EC calls on member states to designate ports to fast-track crew changes

SEATRADE MARITIME NEWS | The European Commission (EC) has issued guidelines calling on member states to designate ports to fast-track crew changes. With a growing crisis around the inability of the industry to carry out around 100,000 crew changes a month the EC is seeking to give clarity member states facilitating transit arrangements of seafarers and the implementation of green lanes. “Today’s guidelines call on Member States, in coordination with the Commission, to designate ports around EU shores for fast-track crew changes, with adequate facilities for seafarers to undertake medical checks, quarantine if required by the country in question, and transport connections onward to their home country,” the EC said.



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