- By Sagar Shere April 07, 2020
Amid COVID-19, a charity crowdfunding campaign has been launched by International Maritime Organisations for developing world seafarers and their families impacted by the pandemic on Monday. This will benefit the 15,000 Indian Seafarers stranded on 500 cargo ships worldwide, and about 25,000 more stranded on cruise ships.
Once the funds are collected by the U.K. registered charity group, International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), will be dispersed via the Seafarers Emergency Fund.
Campaign Coordinator Gavin Allwright, Secretary-General of the International Windship Association says, "While much of the shipping industry take their responsibilities to their seafarers very seriously, there is still a real challenge facing many seafarers from the poorer regions of the world,"
"Many are in lockdown with casual contracts and unable to work; others are facing difficulties due to lockdowns when they leave ships and are unable to return to their families with costs and little income coming in. There is also the issue of their families not having income in order to get by and the situation is likely to get far worse before it gets better," he added.
It opens up an opportunity for the people dependent on this industry. In times like COVID-19, the campaign can help seafarers as they receive assistance from the general public to support the shipping and logistics industries.
According to Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, “We warmly welcome this initiative as we are receiving more and more calls from seafarers to our helpline SeafarerHelp. Many are from Filipino and Indian seafarers whose lives are being adversely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.”