HELP FOR CREW CHANGES

Published: March 25, 2021

The US Coast Guard has issued guidance about how it is supporting the IMO initiative to facilitate crew change and shore access for foreign mariners. The IMO has established a number of support mechanisms including Frequently Asked Questions regarding repatriation as well as a Seafarer Crisis Action Team. These resources outline actions that can be taken to support crew changes. If a foreign mariner has expended all resources available through the IMO, the USCG may be contacted at COVID-19crewchange@uscg.mil. It should be noted that all foreign mariner requests for repatriation will require U.S. Customs and Border Protection approval.

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