A compendium of negative events, the most pronounced being: The lack of capital for seafarers, their sustenance, and of ships’ maintenance, by some devious Vessel Owners, appear to have fallen on deaf United Nations members’ ears.
We, for many decades, have closely participated in various ways, and watched World Maritime Shipping with great interest. Today, some Ship Owners have ignored International Maritime Organization requirements for both safe crews and ships. The Coronavirus CV19 Pandemic has exacerbated a dearth of funding for the aforementioned. Essentially ‘Involuntary Servitude’ of prior centuries has been reformatted into ‘Slavery on Ships’ today.
Crews cannot leave their vessels since nations are concerned they may transmit the CV19 virus to their citizens. Chandlers must also be very cautious. Some Ship Owners have ‘skated away’ from providing funds for the crews and their ships’ maintenance.
We find it remarkable that while ship engine pollution and rules of such are written about profusely by the “Germalists”, we had mentioned in other articles, few say anything about the Seafarers current plight. The GARGANTUAN level of reporting about the Suez Canal weather-caused stoppage recently, was heard around the world! Yet, this current dastard situation is not discussed; not by Main Stream Media, nor world politicians. Why is that?
The “Logistics” subject, occurred during the ‘Suez Event’ and it ‘made the news’; World Seafarers, through communications negligence, Main Stream Media effectively caused to ‘abuse’.
Again, as International Businessmen, we commend “Al Jazeera”, and the Government of Qatar, for giving this terrible problem, the ‘Light of Day’ in a somewhat ‘Stormy World’.
It is our hope, the very few actual ‘World Leaders’ that exist, take the helm and steer the United Nations into actions which aid the plight of Able Seamen.
Reality: It is good to be on the bridge of the ship as it sails; it is best to be awake as it does. There may be a large iceberg ahead.