While much of the shipping industry take their responsibilities to their seafarers very seriously there is still a real challenge facing many seafarers from the poorer regions of the world. Many are in lock down with casual contracts and unable to work, others are facing difficulties due to lock downs when they leave ships and are unable to return to their families with costs and little income coming in and there are even some reports of seafarers being shunned on their return to their homes for fears of the virus. There is also the issue of their families not having an income in order to get by.
Getting emergency help to these seafarers and their families will become even more imperative as the impact of the crisis is felt by small ship operators in those regions, with limited resources to support workers and as the pandemic expands in the developing world where financial and health resources are scarce.
The campaign is supported by international maritime organisations including; ISWAN, World Ocean Council, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, the Nautical Institute and the International Windship Association (IWSA).
“We warmly welcome this initiative as we are receiving more and more calls from seafarers to our helpline SeafarerHelp. Many are from Filipino and Indian seafarers whose lives are being adversely affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. The funds raised will be used to assist seafarers and their families who are facing hardship because of the pandemic,” said Roger Harris, executive director, International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network
All funds raised by the campaign will go straight to the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and dispersed through their Seafarers Emergency Fund (SEF).
ISWAN has agreed to ring-fence the donations from this campaign ensuring that 100 per cent of all funds raised will be made available to developing world recipients and all administration costs will be covered by the charity.
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