Seafarers’ Challenges during COVID-19: The Case of MV Gulf Sky

London.UK.  Human Rights at Sea was contacted in mid-May by the Master of the MV Gulf Sky (IMO 150377) flying the flag of Dominican Republic currently anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, UAE, who on behalf of the crew, raised serious concerns about the welfare of the seafarers and the financial hardships that they are subject...

New Zealand Seafarer Welfare Providers classed as Essential Workers during COVID-19

London. UK. Maritime New Zealand has designated seafarer welfare representatives as 'essential workers' and provided clear advice for port welfare service providers in terms of their role, available support and the access that they can gain to seafarers. Provided to the Seafarer Welfare Board (SWB) of New Zealand the following advice remains extant at...

South China Morning Post publishes new article ‘Prisoners at Sea’ reviewing seafarers’ challenges during COVID-19

London, UK. The South China Morning Post has conducted an investigation into the ongoing conditions for seafarers on onboard vessels currently stuck at sea during the COVID-19 pandemic, including cases and commentary from Human Rights at Sea. Published today and titled '‘Prisoners at sea’: stuck on board cargo ships, crews find their mental well-being...

Thome Group speaks to Human Rights at Sea about PPE for Seafarers

London, UK. Following the recent highlighting to Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) of concerns from seafarers about lack of access to, and availability of, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while serving on vessels transiting global shipping lanes, the charitable NGO has engaged with the maritime industry most recently speaking with the Thome Group about their...

Gard Insight. Seafarers in a time of pandemic – strategies for maintaining and improving mental wellbeing

London UK. / Singapore. Kunal Pathak, a Master Mariner with substantial shipboard and shore-based experience,  currently employed as a Loss Prevention Manager in Gard’s Singapore office, has written an Insight about maintaining the mental wellness of the seafarers during the current challenging times. ...

Seafarers continue to highlight their worries and concerns to Human Rights at Sea

"Please note as of date there are 9 crew members overdue for relief who are fatigued both mentally and physically, and under enormous pyscological pressure to safely execute their shipboard responsibilities." London. UK. A steady stream of contact from concerned seafarers continues to flow into the UK charity, Human Rights at Sea. In the majority...

Release of Captain Michael Lloyd’s Letter to the IMO concerning COVID-19 and Infected Crews

London. UK. With permission, Human Rights at Sea publishes the 15th March 2020 letter sent to the IMO by Captain Michael Lloyd, RD**, MNM, CMMar, FNI, raising his concerns of the consequences and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on crews, including the treatment of those infected and the necessity for PPE to be placed onboard...

New Report. New Zealand Seafarer Welfare Centres Lack Government and Industry Support

“It is not something we can sustain into the future. We desperately need the shipping companies, port authorities and all those who profit from the maritime sector to make some financial contribution to the care of crews coming ashore inNew Zealand.” The Reverend John McLister, Lyttelton, New Zealand. London, UK. / Lyttelton, New Zealand.  Today, Human Rights at Sea...

Insight. Concerns of a Seafarer during COVID-19.

"We guys are fully exhausted and already completed our contract..." London. UK. In the past two weeks, Human Rights at Sea has been contacted by seafarers from around the world highlighting their concerns and plight in relation to COVID-19. Many of their principle concerns have revolved around not being heard, not being well-represented and...

COVID-19: Master takes Resolute Stand to Assure Crew’s Safety and Welfare

"The case highlights a number of wider issues which may well shape future conduct of business in light of the emerging and the indisputable threat to life of the COVID-19 virus." London. UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while ship owners and charterers continue with daily business undertaking charter-parties for the movement of goods around...

RMI Flagged Crew allegedly threatened by Owners for voicing concerns of COVID-19 exposure

London. UK. "We, the full complement of the Tomini Destiny are under enormous pressure, fatigue and mental stress due to owners and charterers insisting to perform shipboard operations under duress." Human Rights at Sea has been passed a formal letter from the Master of the Marshall Islands flagged vessel, the MV TOMINI DESTINY, (IMO...

COVID-19: Social Exclusion for Returning Seafarers strains Family Relationships

"Little did I know that the excitement of going home finally after 6.5 months would turn into a nightmare after I landed." London. UK. Over the last 72 hours, Human Rights at Sea has been deluged with Indian seafarers getting in contact with the charitable NGO outlining the challenges they are facing during the...

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