The campaign was launched late last year to sustain crew welfare support around the world at a time when it was desperately needed and as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact seafarers.
In addition to Seafarers UK’s existing annual grants programme and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seafarers UK has established a new COVID-19 Emergency Fund of £2 million this year to support merchant seafarers and British fishers through the COVID-19 crisis.
Although many countries are starting to ease COVID-19 restrictions, and despite vigorous efforts by the shipping industry, many crew remain trapped on vessels as a result of transit difficulties.
Cyprus is actively supporting and implementing such measures, in support of recommendations from the International Maritime Organisation, European Union, International Labour Organization and International Chamber of Shipping.
In the midst of this pandemic, one of the biggest challenges for any government is to keep the supply chains moving without increasing the risk for spreading the virus.
Like other industries, the global health crisis has adversely affected shipping and maritime industries. Trade fell as millions of workers and consumers are in lockdown.