Celebrating Day of the Seafarer
This year is the 10th anniversary of the first campaign, and it’s fitting that the theme is ‘seafarers are key workers’. The Covid pandemic has highlighted this like never before.
While the rest of the world has stayed at home, millions of seafarers have carried on working, ensuring that vital supplies of food, fuel and medical equipment are uninterrupted.
This situation has put seafarers under huge strain. We know our Covid grants have already made a difference, but seafarers still face many challenges: unable to get home at the end of their contracts; difficulties getting ashore for medical treatment or essentials; stuck in quarantine between ship and home; concerned about unemployment.
One of the important areas we are focusing on is support for seafarers’ emotional wellbeing, which is being tested to the limit in this pandemic. Some of our grants have targeted projects in this area. More work is underway to ensure seafarers can access the support they need.
We’re so proud to be sponsoring this year’s IMO Day of the Seafarer. Seafarers are key workers. And their welfare is our number one priority. Not just today, but every day.
Head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust
For more news on how our Covid-19 emergency fund is helping seafarers, click here.