Minimum safe manning requirements being tackled on Day of the Seafarer

Day Of The Seafarer 2021 tackling Minimum safe manning requirements

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has been urging governments to recognise seafarers as key workers.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers were/are having to work beyond their contracts and stay away from home for even longer periods – a balancing act to keep in compliance with the vessel’s minimum safe manning requirements.


Seafarers faced highly challenging conditions with crew changeovers, repatriation, but also to port access and supplies, notwithstanding becoming front liners during the pandemic.


Special attention will be given to seafarers on 25th June –  the 11th iteration of the ‘Day of the Seafarer 2021’.


This year a strong message to ease travel restrictions for seafarers in order to facilitate crew changes is being launched.  Through the #FairFuture4Seafarers campaign, the Day of the Seafarer in 2021 aims to further drive action in ensuring international standards of competency, welfare and safety for seafarers.


The Day of the Seafarer is coordinated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which organised a survey to enquire about ‘what a fair future for seafarers looked like’. The answers are being shared to provide a baseline help guide IMO’s future actions. Results can be found here