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In pictures: Half a million seafarers stranded at sea by the COVID-19 pandemic

The work of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been critical to maintaining the global supply chain of essential (and non-essential) goods and equipment. However, the recognition of seafarers as key workers has frequently been neglected. The pandemic has caused huge issues with crew changes, leaving seafarers stranded on ships, often for months on end. Despite some action from governments around the world, the situation is still very serious.

The poignant images published in this Guardian article were chosen from among 3,000 pictures submitted to a photography competition run by ITF Seafarers' Trust.

Please also see our recent post in relation to the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations to seafarers. This poses some unique challenges which should be considered by parties entering into maritime contracts.

Up to 400,000 seafarers have been trapped on board cargo ships during the Covid pandemic, some for more than 18 months


transportation, shipping