We are calling on governments and the UN to ensure that seafarers are designated as key workers in every country and enable them to pass through borders closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
This will allow crew changes to take place, helping to deliver an end to the crew change crisis.
Why is this important?
An estimated 400,000 seafarers from across the globe are stranded on ships, continuing to work but unable to be relieved, in a crew change crisis which threatens trade and maritime safety. Some seafarers have now been at sea for up to 18 months without a break. An equivalent number have been unable to join their ships to work, and many have not been able to claim any government financial support.
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