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Offshore Industry Group strongly supports IMO’s Day of the Seafarer and call for a fair future for Seafarers

Published on 25 June 2021

The Offshore Industry Group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP, ISOA (details below) strongly supports IMO’s designated Day of the Seafarer on 25th June commending the tremendous efforts and sacrifices of seafarers and personnel working in the offshore energy sector who remain critical to ensuring that the world has access to food, medicine, energy and other supplies at this challenging time for society. In recognition of this contribution, the Group encourages its’ collective membership to sound their horns at 12 noon local time.

The Industry Group has collaborated, throughout the pandemic, in urging IMO Member States to address the significant challenges faced by seafarers and energy sector personnel working offshore who have been denied shore leave, unrestricted movement to and from their vessels to effect crew/project personnel changeovers, repatriation, medical attention and more recently access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

The #shoutoutforseafarers campaign, in support of IMO’s call for a fair future for seafarers, is aimed at reminding the world of the contribution our members have made to ensuring that society continues uninterrupted and assuring seafarers and offshore energy sector personnel that they have not been forgotten. The Industry Group calls upon IMO Member States to establish vaccination programmes to provide seafarers and offshore energy sector personnel with fair access to vaccines in at their ports of call, especially if they cannot be vaccinated in their home countries either because they are working offshore or because vaccinations are not available in those countries. This issue has become even more critical with the continuing emergence of new variants of the COVID-19 virus.

In the lead up to the 25 June, the IMO, has been inviting seafarers to answer questions on what a fair future for seafarers looks like. The answers will be shared afterwards and will provide a soundboard to help guide IMO’s actions moving forward. Polls are available on all IMO social media platforms.

About the Offshore Industry Group

The Offshore Industry Group comprises international associations whose member companies are engaged in essential elements of the global offshore energy sector; whose personnel perform a wide variety of specialised roles which are all critical to the daily functioning of maintaining global energy supplies.

About IADC –The International Association of Drilling Contractors

Established in 1940, IADC operates on 6 continents, and its members are acknowledged leaders in onshore and offshore drilling operations around the world. IADC is globally recognized for its work in providing: accreditation programs for a competent global upstream energy workforce, technical publications serving industry and regulatory authorities, international conferences, and collaborative government-industry advocacy work. IADC’s collective efforts contribute to operational proficiencies that underpin the world’s upstream energy industry while sustaining high standards of safety, environmental stewardship and operational efficiency.

About IAGC – International Association of Geophysical Contractors

The IAGC is the global trade association for the geophysical and exploration industry, the cornerstone of the energy industry. Our membership includes onshore and offshore survey operators and acquisition companies, data and processing providers, exploration and production companies, equipment and software manufacturers, industry suppliers, and service providers. The IAGC supports and fosters science- and risk-based regulations consistent with existing practices that are proven to be environmentally responsible, effective and operationally feasible. ​

About IMCA – The International Marine Contractors Associations

IMCA represents the vast majority of offshore marine contractors and the associated supply chain in the world, with members from over 60 countries. It publishes an extensive technical library of guidance documents on operational good practice, safety promotional materials, timely information notes and safety flashes. Its members benefit from a technical structure comprising four main technical divisions covering Offshore Diving, Marine, Remote Systems & ROVs, and Offshore Surveying.

About IOGP – The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. Oil and gas continue to provide a significant proportion of the world’s energy to meet growing demands for heat, light and transport. Our Members produce 40% of the world’s oil and gas. They operate in all producing regions: the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Caspian, Asia and Australia. We serve industry regulators as a global partner for improving safety, environmental and social performance. We also act as a uniquely upstream forum in which our Members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility.

About ISOA – The international Support Vessel Owners’ Association

ISOA is the international trade association for owners/operators of support vessels in the offshore energy sector, including Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) and Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (AHTS), as well as other vessel types.

ISOA’s objective is to promote best practice within its sector of the industry, with particular focus on safety, application of consistent and practical standards – whether through regulation or industry promoted schemes, together with the welfare and training of seafarers who are employed in the sector. ISOA provides a forum where its members can discuss these common interests.