Timeline: WHO’s COVID-19 response (click for live details)
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Joint Statement on prioritization of COVID-19 vaccination for seafarers and aircrew
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has triggered devastating consequences for human life and the global economy. Maritime and air transport are two essential activities that underpin global trade and mobility and are key to a sustainable socio-economic recovery.
More than 80% of global trade by volume is moved by maritime transport. The global economy depends on the world’s 2 million seafarers who operate the global fleet of merchant ships. Seafarers have been severely impacted by the travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic. As of January 2021, it is estimated that some 400,000 seafarers are stranded on board commercial vessels, long past the expiry of their contracts and unable to be repatriated. A similar number of seafarers urgently need to join ships to replace them.
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Data from Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS) showed a growth in mental health problems among seafarers in a three-month period to the end of February.
A report by MHSS showed heightened anxiety from seafarers onboard along with burnout and depression being reported. The mental health service provider said it saw increase an Master’s requests for counselling support, and this was highest during December, which includes Christmas and year-end holidays, and times normally spent with families.
Young cadets less experienced to cope with the stresses of life at sea are seen a higher risk group for many vessels. The Covid-19 pandemic has added to the anxiety of seafarers and the much-reported crisis around crew change.
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