InterManager acknowledges repatriation success during pandemic with ‘Maritime Champions Club’

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InterManager is acknowledging the efforts of ship managers and organisations in the repatriation of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic with its Maritime Champions Club, previously known as the Maritime Champions League.

The name change was announced today (Tuesday) and the Club aims to recognise the efforts of the seafaring community by sharing the successes of repatriation achievements, and InterManager has asked the seafaring community for its assistance in collating a more accurate picture.

The name change serves to clear the confusion of its aim, as the data collected isn’t a competitive comparison between others who submit statistics: it exists to boost seafarers’ confidence and to demonstrate the community’s collective efforts to those who are sceptical about the shipping industry’s ability to successfully repatriate.

Speaking of the trade association’s plea and name change, InterManager’s Secretary General, Capt Kuba Szymanski said: “The Maritime Champions Club has already been a huge success, and InterManager would like to extend a massive thank you to those who have already taken part.

“However, the current data is only representative of 10% of the whole picture. Our most recent data shows that over 19,000 seafarers have already been successfully repatriated for crew changes, yet 200,450 seafarers are still due to travel.

“We are asking the seafaring community to share our initiative across social media and with industry contacts so that we can build a bigger picture of the true scale of success. Both the mainstream and maritime press have painted a bleak picture of the shipping industry, undermining the tremendous efforts undertaken by many ship and crew managers.

“The initiative was never meant to be viewed as a competition between an organisation’s crew change statistics: it was to give kudos to all who have successfully organised crew changes, with the Club’s data organised alphabetically and irrespective of volume.”

The Maritime Champions Club – which is on the InterManager website – details the volume, nationality, and completed routes of those who have been relieved, and shows the efforts of national administrations and their willingness to cooperate and inspire those who are still in the planning phase.

“By working collectively, we can pool our resources for crew changes and achieve far more than we could alone,” said Capt Szymanski.

Successful crew repatriation stories should be sent to kuba.szymanski@intermanager.org to be included in the Maritime Champions Club.

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