International Labour Organization


Information note on maritime labour issues and coronavirus (COVID-19)


Revised version3.0


Including the General Observation of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and recommendations

And joint statementsof the Officers of the Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended


International Labour Standards Department(NORMES)/Sectoral Policies Department (SECTOR)


Geneva, 3 February 2021


1. An urgent call to restore the protection of seafarers’ rights
2. Extension of seafarers’ employment agreements: formal, free and informed consent
3. Need to cooperate among Member States
4. Measures to be adopted by ratifying States
a. Flag State responsibilities
b. Port State responsibilities
c. Labour-supplying State responsibilities
5. Protecting seafarers’ safety and health
6. Facilitating transit and transfer of seafarers and repatriation
7. Urgent call to recognize seafarers as key workers
8. Respecting the maximum period of service on board
9. Ensuring minimum manning
10. Medical certificates
11. Certification in respect of training and qualifications
12. Maritime labour certificate and inspections
13. Social protection: Seafarers’ entitlement to paid sick leave in case of infection or quarantine
14. Shore leave and welfare facilities during the pandemic
15. Abandonment of seafarers