Seafarers' union International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has said its campaign to get stranded crew off ships is "not an incitement to strike".

In a statement with the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG), which represents employers, it sought to clarify its intentions when it urged exhausted seafarers not to extend contracts after months of being stuck on vessels amid the coronavirus crisis.

The two sides said they had worked tirelessly along with the International Chamber of Shipping on finding solutions to the crew change restrictions since the start of the pandemic.