Greetings all. It saddened me to open this mornings news and learn how difficult life has become for professional mariners due to the COVID pandemic.
It is estimated that over 400,000 seafarers are trapped in ships, some for as long as one and a half years. Ports
are locked and corporations say they cannot change crews. In some cases repatriation is difficult but I suspect the true issue is money
. Crews simply lack any leverage against owners.
If you go to IFG Global.org, you can find some beautiful photographs of crews from a photography
Professional mariners certainly deserve our support. They move 80% of all goods and have often assisted sailors in distress
without regard to personal danger
Iíve said this before. Professional mariners do everything possible not to run over you, not to loose containers, and not to ignore radio
contacts. The days of slavery should be over, but the conditions on ships has now become unbearable.
How can sailors support mariners?
Learn more about their efforts to keep the seas safe for everyone.
Support union protection and international groups concerned with their well-being. Bypass flag of convenience nations and carriers. If you are USA based, remind Congress why we need a strong Merchant Marine
We share the ocean and should respect all who enjoy it, make their living on or from it, and every creature on or in it.
Enjoy the photos and please support the men
Mark and his manatee crew.