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How the Covid-19 crisis has left seafarers in a desperate plight

Crews across the world have been working without relief for up to 15 months – a situation that resembles forced labour.

When Stephen Gudgeon stepped in to captain a ship for three weeks in March, to cover for a colleague who had to go home to Croatia to resolve some personal issues, he did not expect to be there three months later. Borders closed and countries went into lockdown as the Covid-19 pandemic spread around the world. “We went back to Qatar and there was nothing moving, we couldn’t get ashore, we couldn’t do crew changes,” he explains. …read more

Source:: New Statesman