Sailors’ Society Backs UN’s Call to Avert Humanitarian Disaster for Seafarers

Statement from Sailors’ Society CEO Sara Baade: “We strongly support the UN’s call on governments to take action to avert a humanitarian disaster for seafarers. The joint statement, from several UN specialized agencies, identifies actions taken by many governments that limit or prevent ship operators from conducting crew changes during the global pandemic as ‘the single most pressing maritime operational challenge to the safe and efficient movement of global trade’. The UN has made a number of recommendations for specific actions…

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Seafarers Weekly – News and Views in the Time of the Coronavirus

Coronavirus is leaving seafarer stranded far from their families and many are struggling. The pandemic has caused lockdowns, delays in flights, shift chaos and contract insecurities. Sailors’ Society has launched a 24 hour helpline as well as a host of mental health resources to support struggling seafarers. Covid-19 Help and Support If you’re a seafarer and you’re worried about coronavirus, Sailors’ Society is here for you. You can find our resources to help you understand and respond to the virus…

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ISWAN welcomes release of Iranian hostages by Somali pirates after years in captivity

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) welcomes the release of three Iranian hostages by Somali pirates after nearly five and half years in captivity. The three Iranian hostages, who were held for 1,975 days by Somali pirates, have been released and arrived safely at Tehran. They are the last three crew members of FV Siraj, an Iranian fishing vessel with 19 crew, which was hijacked by Somali pirates on 25 March 2015. Last year, one other crew member…

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