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Press Article: COVID-19: This is not a Drill!

02 April 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. 187 countries are affected by the pandemic and the number of confirmed cases stand in the hundreds of thousands. These trying times are likely to persist and measures adopted globally such as travel restrictions are bound to affect us.

In these critical times, the maritime industry and seafarers are on the frontline, ensuring essential supplies reaches those in need. Limited access to information, resources and medical aid coupled with being away from their families will undoubtedly exacerbate seafarers’ stress and anxiety. Another cause for seafarers’ worries should also be the slowing global traction on cross border employment and travel. If that does not ease up, there will come a point when many seafarers’ contracts are expiring and due for renewal at the same time, and it will pose a safety hazard if a large number of the crew on board is changed simultaneously over a short period of time.

Michael Hughes, Claims Executive and Rahul Sapra, Senior Surveyor of Standard Club share suggestions for members and owners to consider and adopt to further support seafarers during these unprecedented times, with Safety4Sea Log. Read more here.