Within the CruisersForum we tend to view issues from a recreational boating
perspective, but COVID-19 travel restrictions have had tremendous implications to commercial
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres called on all countries on Friday, Juen 12th to designate seafarers and other marine
personnel as key workers, warning that travel restrictions to combat the coronavirus had left hundreds of thousands stranded at sea for months.
"Unable to get off ships, the maximum sea time stipulated in international conventions is being ignored, with some seafarers marooned at sea for 15 months," Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.