The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says reports are flooding in about entire payloads being denied due to their shipping crews not being 100 percent injected. Even in cases where there are simply no injections available, crews are reportedly being turned away.
A legal document that will soon circulate throughout the shipping industry warns that requiring seafarers to be injected with Chinese virus chemicals as a condition of entry into ports is creating a "legal minefield," especially when there are not even enough jabs available to inject.
According to the ICS, crews on ships can originate from more than 30 different nations at a time, crossing numerous borders throughout their contracts. Many of them hail from third world countries where Wuhan flu shots might not be available until at least 2024.
Roughly 900,000 of the world's working seafarers live in developing nations where mass injections will not occur for another few years. This spells disaster for the global supply chain, which will be at a standstill until every last crew member is able to be needled.
"ICS said measures could lead shipowners to cancel voyages if crew members are not vaccinated or risk 'legal, financial and reputational damage' by sailing with unvaccinated crews," writes Charlie Hart for Supply Management.
"Delays into ports caused by unvaccinated crew would open up legal liabilities and costs for owners, which would not be recoverable from charterers. Furthermore, while owners would be able to address the need for seafarer vaccines in new contracts, owners attempting to change existing contracts or asking crew to receive a specific vaccine requested by a port could open themselves up to legal liabilities," the ICS report explains.
Last year, some 400,000 seafarers were stranded aboard their shipping vessels due to travel restrictions that were imposed during the early days of the plandemic. This deadlock situation was dubbed the "crew change crisis of 2020."
A similar situation is brewing once again in 2021 as unvaccinated seafarers could end up having to quit or be replaced with vaccinated crew members, or else remain stuck at sea with nowhere to port. The ICS says it is currently exploring "all avenues to find a solution."
One idea is to set up vaccination "hubs" at key international ports throughout the world where crew members could be vaccinated as a condition of entry. This effort could fail, though, if there are not enough "vaccines" available to be administered at them.
"We're already seeing reports of states requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for seafarers," laments Guy Platten, ICS' secretary-general, adding that shipping firms are in an "impossible position" with no remedy.
"If our workers can't pass through international borders, this will undoubtedly cause delays and disruptions in the supply chain. For a sector expected to help drive the global vaccination effort, this is totally unacceptable."
While the shipping industry is bearing the brunt of the problem, Patten warns that other sectors could soon feel "significant impact" as international business slowly "recovers" from being shut down by the global government system.
Bud Darr, executive vice president of maritime policy and government affairs at the MSC Group expressed similar sentiments. Seafarers, he says, "have already given us so much" and do not deserve to be put in this difficult position.
"The shipping industry needs to find creative solutions to the problem," he insists.
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