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24 Mar 2020

The life of a seafarer: the “invisible” workforce that keeps world trade moving.

Ninety per cent of the world’s goods are transported by sea. On any given day, there are more than 1.6 million seafarers working onboard 70,000 vessels worldwide. These men and women are transporting cargo and goods essential to businesses and people’s everyday lives that will sustain communities through the coronavirus pandemic.

Ships transport goods to the east, to the west, to the north and to the south – everything from food and household goods to raw material like oil, iron and ore, through to industrial goods like hospital equipment and ventilators.

For a few minutes, we want you to consider the life and welfare of the workers, the seafarers onboard these vessels, who are far from home but on the front line of this global emergency.

Imagine staying onboard a ship with limited space for six, eight or 10 months, working 10-12 hours per day, seven days a week. Imagine being away from your family and friends for months at a time, sailing across the seas, connecting global supply chains, out of sight to ensure that people receive their daily essential goods.

Now imagine having to stay onboard for an unspecified amount of time after 10 months’ work, because governments are banning you from transiting through their country to get home or allowing your relief access to join the ship. Or worse, imagine being abandoned in a port with no money and being sent home to your family because your employer is withholding your earnings.”

It’s not easy to imagine, unless you’re a seafarer.

In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, every day the ITF is dealing with cases and situations where seafarers cannot move freely to safely sign on and off from ships due to the increasing number of restrictions being placed by national governments on the movement or people in and out of their countries.

The irony of the situation is that governments that are dependent on the transportation of essential goods by sea that will aid their citizens ability to get through this unprecedented crisis, are some of the same governments that are denying seafarers the right to go home and are restricting crew changeovers.

The ITF are calling on the vital role of seafarers in this extraordinary crisis to be recognised, and that they be treated as ‘key workers’, regardless of their nationality.

The ITF, and our maritime affiliates, urge governments, politicians, port and flag state authorities, employers and consumers in general to remember that our capacity to respond to this pandemic is reliant on the transportation of goods by the world’s seafarers.

These seafarers are humans too, their health and safety are as important as anyone else’s. So please take a moment to acknowledge their sacrifice, and let’s all ensure they are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve so that they can continue to provide their vital services to keep the world moving.

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Milhar F
1 year 9 months ago

A mother's love for a son shines through your words of wisdom.

The words will bring great comfort to any seafarer who is fortunate to read your words. They are unloved and unrecognized by the industry they serve, but seafarers help to keep the world fed, clothed, sheltered, healthy, .... as they keep the global trade engine turning slowly but surely.

Thank you Aminah.

I was a seafarer for more than 10 years before I came ashore almost 30 years ago! I understand what seafarers are going through right now.

Let them go home
1 year 9 months ago

Let them go home

Dexter Richards
1 year 9 months ago

Good day,

Please keep us all seafarers updated regarding the progress of this letter. Thank you

Darwish Shala
1 year 9 months ago

I was fortunate to be associated with best seafarer ever, good heart great giver, full of love and care, on top of that he is a straight forward honest and smart.... this man is Eric Sweeney , I am sure that every seafarer has more than one great driver in his life.💖💖

1 year 9 months ago

To provide hazard pay to all seafarer whenever calling in a known COVID-19 infected ports just like transiting in a HRA’s.

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John Brennan
1 year 9 months ago

Good luck with the companies agreeing to a pay increase.

Vignes Rao
1 year 9 months ago

We should get a pay raise for the difficulties we are going thru. Nothing to compared to the public heroes on land but we deserve some recognition as well.

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1 year 9 months ago

We've got your sympathy - thank you! ... Can we get some decision's.... Recognize the importance ....

1 year 9 months ago

true..and some port treated seafarers like virus .they dont even allow seafares to step down at the ganaway..

1 year 9 months ago

If you are a seafarer who would like to speak to a journalist about your experiences please e-mail me on

Giannis Fytagkoridis
1 year 9 months ago

These seafarers are humans too...i was not treated like a human on 90% of the ports that I have been to and now I cannot go home after 7 months onboard and to make things even worst I don't even know when it will be possible to go home.
1 year 9 months ago

pls to maritimeofficials give them a salary even during the time they finish their contact when they were in their home until they again resumed to their respective works pls be conern about their finsncial condition

Master Oye
1 year 9 months ago

Please tell how we will go home again??? No flights no nothing!!!! Do we have to stay and die on-board??

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