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Stella Maris Life at Sea Report: a world in lockdown

Stella Maris – Life at Sea Report highlights seafarers’ need for human contact.

A new report by global maritime charity Stella Maris is highlighting the vital need of personal, human contact to seafarers in a world operating amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our Life at Sea Report observes that in a maritime world of increased digitalisation and automation, smaller crews and faster port turnaround times, the need for basic human contact remains paramount,” says Stella Maris CEO Martin Foley.

“In the face of the world’s collective failure to provide timely repatriation for seafarers, and the continued absence of a global vaccination or keyworker policy, hundreds of thousands of seafarers remain in need of every kind of support,” he adds.

Life at Sea: a world in lockdown examines the response by Stella Maris to many of the enduring crises faced by seafarers.These include the growing pace of abandonment of ships; continued human rights abuses and modern slavery; death and increasing cases of suicide at sea; contractual issues of wages, shore leave and repatriation; piracy; and the impact of all these issues, allied to the added privations, pressures and challenges of the pandemic, upon the worsening mental health of seafarers.

The strength of the Stella Maris global network of 1,000 chaplains and volunteers in 334 ports across 60 countries gives it an unparalleled ability to provide a continuous duty of care to those who need it.

“We cannot do it alone,” says Ian Stokes, the charity’s Head of Corporate Engagement and Partnerships.“The increasing contributions and partnerships with industry, allied to the steadfast donations of individual supporters and the strategic support of many trusts and foundations have enabled Stella Maris, in its centenary year, to maintain and increase its crucial service to the people of the sea.”

The report is now available free here.