Helpline cases Triple as Seafarers Seek Help during COVID-19 Pandemic

International 24-hour helpline SeafarerHelp, operated by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), has experienced a surge in demand as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affects seafarers worldwide. In April 2020 alone, ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp handled over 600 new cases – more than triple the number in the same month last year. Many of these cases involve seafarers experiencing issues as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In fact, up to 1 May 2020, the helpline has recorded over 470…

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COVID-19 and Seafarers Latest News

Sailors’ Society Launches COVID-19 Helpline International maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society has launched a dedicated helpline for seafarers and their families. The confidential, 24 hour service is there to offer support and welfare to those worried or adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Sandra Welch, the charity’s COO and director of program, said: “We’ve seen an increase in calls for help and advice of late and there’s a lot of uncertainty, so our new dedicated Covid-19 helpline is a welcome…

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Seafarers are Key Workers says V.Group CEO

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…

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