Life at sea report shows seafarers need human contact
Global maritime charity Stella Maris highlights the vital need for personal and human contact for seafarers in a world operating amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our latest Life at Sea report observes that in a maritime world characterized by increased digitization and automation, smaller crews and faster port turnaround times, the need for basic human contact remains paramount,” said Martin Foley, CEO of Stella Maris.
“In the face of the world’s collective failure to ensure rapid repatriation of seafarers and the continued absence of a global vaccination policy or key seafarer workers, hundreds of thousands of seafarers are still in need of many types of seafarers. support, ”he adds.
Life at Sea: A World in Lockdown examines Stella Maris’ response to many persistent crises facing sailors and shows how the association has adapted its services during the pandemic to ensure sailors continue to be supported.
The case studies included in the report cover the increasing rate of ship abandonment; continued human rights violations and modern slavery; deaths and increased suicide cases at sea; contractual issues of wages, shore leave and repatriation; piracy; and the impact of all of these issues, coupled with the additional deprivations, pressures and challenges of the pandemic, on the worsening mental health of many seafarers.
The strength of the Stella Maris global network of 1,000 chaplains and volunteers in 334 ports across 60 countries gives her an unparalleled ability to provide ongoing care to those in need.
“We can’t do it alone,” says Ian Stokes, the association’s head of corporate engagement and partnerships. “Growing contributions and partnerships with industry, combined with constant donations from individual supporters and strategic support from several trusts and foundations, have enabled Stella Maris, in her centenary, to maintain and increase her crucial service to the people. . of the sea.”
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