IMO has held the first in a series of regional webinars for Member States on the challenges faced by seafarers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
11 Filipino crew members of Oceanstar 86 are set to fly back to the Philippines, after being forced to quarantine on their vessel in China for 6 months.
Sailors’ Society says coronavirus is the worst crisis seafarers have faced in its 200-year history, with ‘overwhelming’ numbers turning to the charity for help since the pandemic began.
“Seafarers: at the core of shippingʹs future” has been selected as the World Maritime theme for 2021, reflecting a clear need to raise awareness of seafarersʹ vital role in world trade and increase their visibility.
Foreign cruise lines scheduled to re-commence operations by September are now recalling Filipinos seafarers by the thousands. The relaunching of a couple of cruise companies means that a lot of Filipino seafarers are looking to get hired again.
Seafarers onboard the Oceanstar 86, unable to contact their manning agency and surviving on relief goods sent by the Embassy have called for rescue via a video secured by Rappler.