seafarers

More action needed for seafarers, ‘collateral victims’ of measures to curb COVID-19

Highlighting an “unparalleled crisis” affecting hundreds of thousands of crew members and maritime workers reeling due to the impact of COVID-19, the UN has called on the business sector and others involved in the shipping industry to do more to address the plight of seafarers worlwide. 

News in Brief 24 September 2020

  • UN chief’s concern for mariners’ ‘humanitarian and safety’ crisis  
  • Flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence 
  • Colombia’s indigenous peoples ‘on threshold of genocide’ 
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UN and partners press for seafarers to be designated ‘key workers’ during COVID pandemic

The UN Secretary-General has again appealed for governments to act on behalf of hundreds of thousands of seafarers and other maritime workers stuck at sea for endless months, in some cases more than a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

‘My children ask me when am I coming home’: stranded seafarers share their frustrations

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are finding themselves stranded at sea, sometimes for over a year, and with no end in sight, as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions. The uncertainty and long spells away from home are taking a heavy mental toll.

UN spotlights wellbeing of seafarers on International Day

Highlighting the challenges – both physical and mental – faced by seafarers on their voyages, the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has called for greater attention to ensuring their wellbeing.

Women “an unused resource” in shipping

Women are “an unused resource” in the shipping industry, a resource which should be tapped if the industry is to expand.

That’s according to Lee Adamson, from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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Seafarers: “unseen heroes of the global economy”

Although up to 90 per cent of world trade is carried out using ships, the work of the people on those vessels is not well known.

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