Stella Maris – Life at Sea Report: a world in lockdown

News & Insights 12 August 2021

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Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club in recent years, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are always heartened to see more being done for seafarers in this aspect.

Stella Maris' latest Life at...

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Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club in recent years, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are always heartened to see more being done for seafarers in this aspect.

Stella Maris' latest Life at Sea Report: a world in lockdown reveals sobering results echoing the sentiments of the 2021 Q2 Seafarers Happiness Index which had data falling in every category.

Stella Maris shares insights and anecdotes in the following areas:

  • Abandonment
  • Modern slavery and human rights abuses
  • Death at sea
  • Hospitalisation and medical support
  • Surviving the storm: our Covid-19 response
  • Non-payment of wages
  • Piracy
  • Access to shore leave
  • Stress and mental health issues

In all these categories, Stella Maris has been able to reach out to distressed seafarers, offering them and their families a timely helping hand. The impact of all these issues, allied to the added privations, pressures and challenges of the pandemic has seen a downward spiral in the wellbeing of many seafarers.

However, the strength of the Stella Maris global network of 1,000 chaplains and volunteers in 334 ports across 60 countries gives it an unparalleled ability to provide continuous care to those who need it.

These case studies are testament to the work that is and continues to be done by international welfare organisations to include seafarers and their families in the international response to the pandemic and extend keyworker status to them.

Standard Club previously hosted a webinar with Stella Maris and Captain Artur Olbromski in September 2020 to discuss the various elements of seafarer wellbeing and how work can be done to provide better support.

Standard Club has also put together links and resources that you and your families can reach out to should you need any assistance.

The Loss Prevention department at Standard Club is dedicated to improving seafarer welfare, and testament to that commitment, the club is a signatory on the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.

Category: Loss Prevention

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