Today, six seafarers have touched down in Tarawa, marking the end of a two-year period of repatriation blighted by pandemic-related restrictions and delays.
A recent case involved five Indian crew who were wrongfully imprisoned in Iran for six months. The Crisis Response Network supported them throughout, eventually securing their release and repatriation.
Many seafarers have worked beyond their term without much rest so shippers are trying to give them so reprieve.
Shipping is concerned that the numbers of seafarers being impacted by the crew change crisis are on the rise due to travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to new variants.
Seafarers from Pacific island States have faced circuitous and lengthy journeys to return home when this has been arranged, illustrating the complexities of the crew change crisis.
The stranded Indian sailors of the MSC vessel MV Anastasia have finally reached Japan from China and are on the way to their return journey to India.
9 Chinese and Filipino seafarers, some of who have been onboard their Panama-flagged cargo ship Brio Faith for 20 months with no leave, will be reunited with their families after an intervention by the AMSA.
According to an inspector with the International Transport Workers’ Federation, seven international workers who have been stuck on board a container ship for more than a year will be repatriated.
The Philippine government has repatriated a total of 204,481 overseas Filipinos that are mainly sea-based and land-based workers from all over the world, after almost 7 months since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in February this year.
Passenger and repatriation flights are essential to allow stranded seafarers to go home, and for their relief crews to be able to join ships.