Lim pleads with IMO member states to recognize seafarers as key workers

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has written to all Member States urging them to recognize all seafarers as “key workers”. He asked that they remove any barriers to their documentation and also that they lift national travel restrictions so that they can get home on conclusion of their contracts, and rejoin their families.

Lim said that he had been “deeply touched by the many stories we have heard from individual seafarers of the challenges, hardships and sacrifices that seafarers had been making “to keep the global supply chain moving while helping the global population.”