Today’s UN Day of the Seafarer is arguably the most important in its 10 year history. Polaris managing director Ben Pinnington said the company is promoting news from Polaris’ nominated charity Liverpool Seafarers Centre which says the plight of seafarers has never been so acute with numerous Government’s failing to open borders to allow sailors to return home.
*This leaves seafarers stranded on ships indefinitely during the COVID-19 crisis.
*The IMO estimates that from mid-June, as many as 300,000 seafarers each month will require international flights to enable crew changeovers.
* This places huge pressure on seafarers already in one of the most dangerous and mentally challenging jobs on earth.
* An estimated 2000 seafarers die a year and a recent survey revealed a fifth had thought of self-harm.
* Most seafarers work a typical contract length of 11 months, but many have now been at sea for up to 15 months due to the pandemic, working on average 10-12 hours a day.
* Shipping is the lifeblood of the global economy transporting 90pc of global trade.
* Britain, as an island nation, relies on seafarers to deliver 95pc of imports and exports including affordable medicine, food, clothes, fuel, raw materials and manufactured goods.
Read full LSC press release: https://lnkd.in/eE-2rsN
Ben said: “Polaris as a maritime business has a duty to raise awareness of the plight of seafarers at this time of extreme hardship. LSC is Polaris’ nominated charity and seafarers cannot be forgotten because of sea blindness during this crisis. LSC does a great job supporting the brave men and women who live such already challenging lives in dangerous conditions at sea far from home and loved ones. They deserve so much better from Government’s who are slow and inert in helping them despite the indispensable contribution they make.”