The Pope has called on the Christian world to join him in the prayers for the global seafaring workforce, describing them as, ” who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families”.
With the USA extending the ban on Cruise ship industry till the end of September, seafarers on the other end of the world face tremendous repercussions.
Eighty-seven Indian sailors were stuck and suffered hardships on five ships that were detained by Indonesia for “illegal anchoring” in February 2019.
Seafarers will get enhanced rights as key workers following a joint commitment made at today’s (9 July 2020) International Maritime Summit.
The Retreat center at Gibraltar is currently housing four Filipino seafarers in isolation after a few members of the crew tested positive for COVID-19 on the arrival of their ship to Algeciras, on Monday. They have been tested negative.
Almost 10,000 Filipinos have returned home from overseas in the last week by the facilitation of DFA in its initiative to bring home displaced seafarers and migrant workers since the escalation of COVID-19 cases in February 2020, on the 3rd of June, 2020.
Philippines Green Lane that aims to serve as a guide to all the entities that are involved in opening doors for the seafarers traveling for repatriation and crew change, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marking the International Day of the Seafarer, the UK Government has announced it will host the first international summit on the impact of Covid-19 on crew changes next month, bringing together UN, political and business leaders from across the globe.
The Vatican, headed by Pope Francis acknowledged the role played by seafarers in keeping the global economy running amid the pandemic.