COVID-19: Legal, liability and insurance issues arising from vaccination of seafarers

The International Chamber of Shipping has released some guidance that addresses legal, liability and insurance issues that could potentially arise for shipowners from or in connection with vaccinations of crew for COVID-19. It considers questions that have been raised by members such as:

  • Whether and under what conditions a shipowner can require crew to have vaccination?
  • What vaccines may be safely given?
  • What might be the potential liabilities for shipowners in requiring crew vaccinations?

It provides guidance on best employment practice to protect against such liabilities and information on insurance cover for such liabilities under the shipowner’s standard Protection and Indemnity (P&I) insurance.

Click here to view the guidance.

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