Following the Covid-19 pandemic, shipping alliance informed that more than 100.000 seafarers are stranded at sea, due to the shutdowns which prevent them from entering, transiting countries or even finding flights so as to return home.
Graham Westgarth, CEO of V.Group, commented “Simply put, governments need to adopt mechanisms which allow unencumbered movement of seafarers to and from their vessels. The European Commission has issued guidelines to this effect. These should be adopted not only by EU members but on a global basis”.
Failure to recognise seafarers as key workers will have catastrophic global consequence, the shipping industry being responsible to transport 92% of the world’s goods.