Some 400,000 seafarers from across the globe are now stranded on ships, continuing to work but unable to be relieved, in a deepening crew change crisis which threatens trade and maritime safety.
A suspected coronavirus outbreak on 20 ships off the coast of a tiny Indian island has left 300 ill seafarers stranded on board without basic medical supplies for weeks, international maritime charity Sailors’ Society has reported.
The recent spate of grim casualties cannot simply be written off as bad luck, says Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), the international pan-industry body researching maritime and seafarers’ law.
Putting food on the table, paying household bills and loans and ensuring job security are among the top concerns faced by seafarers as they cope with the impact that COVID-19 is having on their lives and that of their families.
P&I insurers American Club and Eagle Ocean Marine issue advice on key action points that can immediately make a difference in a video log entitled ‘Seafarer Mental Wellness – Five Things the Industry Can Do Now’.
After several efforts, the Hong Kong Shipowner’s Association have been successful in convincing government to allow crew change.
The Mission to Seafarers supports Philippine Government in repatriation of seafarers. Maritime charity dedicates resources to thousands of seafarers needing repatriation during Manila lockdown
To assist governments to put in place coordinated procedures to facilitate the safe movement of seafarers, the IMO issued a 12-step plan to 174 member states, providing them with a roadmap to free seafarers from their COVID-19 lockdown.
The Mission to Seafarers reveals insight into how seafarers are affected by Covid-19 and the need for the industry to provide support