After six months stranded at sea, dozens of cruise crew members are finally being allowed again on land.
More than 100 seafarers for the Mediterranean Shipping Co., engaged on three vessels moored off the coast of Brazil, had been stranded aboard the ships over prolonged repatriation preparations.
A spokesperson for the workers claimed that they had not been paid for that point, regardless of persevering with routine upkeep of the ships.
“We are stranded on board for seven months without any salary, and it’s very tough for us because many of us have children, old parents to look after who are also desperately waiting for us,” one of many workers advised the Guardian.
“Some of our colleagues recently lost their brother and father, which is really very hard to accept and more painful because they could not even see their face for the last time,” one other crew member stated. “In this situation our family really needs us.”
Crew members aboard the MSC Poesia had begun to protest their abandonment and made indicators that learn “Enough is enough” and “Send us home, our lives matter.” Meanwhile, employees aboard the MSC Musica and MSC Seaview, close to São Paulo, are reportedly nonetheless at sea.
While declining to touch upon unpaid wages, MSC, in addition to their recruiting company, Oceangoers, declares that they’re working to repatriate the 101 people to the Republic of Mauritius within the Indian Ocean — its border reopened in June following the coronavirus outbreak. Food and medical help have been made out there in the meantime.
Meanwhile, some cruise strains have already resumed operation amid the continuing pandemic.
“Over 75% of our crew, who needed to return home, were safely repatriated by the end of May. And, as of today, we have now repatriated over 96%,” MSC stated in an announcement.
“We continue to work hard at every level, directly and through our manning agent on the ground engaging the Mauritian government at the highest level on behalf of our crew,” MSC stated. “We hope to repatriate all the remaining Mauritian crew needing to return home from our vessels in the Brazil area by the middle of this month.”
Cruise Lines International Association, the most important world commerce group for the ocean journey trade, stated they might not estimate simply what number of workers stay stranded everywhere in the world, together with waters close to Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and the US.
However, the International Maritime Organization confirmed that they had counted greater than 300,000 ship arms and marine personnel who couldn’t be returned to their properties as a result of advanced repatriation negotiations — indicating that cruise strains could also be going through the identical hurdle relating to their workers.
The delivery trade leaders are urging nations to contemplate this matter as a “humanitarian crisis” and put together to provide chain disruptions.
“The current rise in seafarer fatigue threatens the safety of maritime navigation,” reads a press launch printed Monday on the IMO web site. “The efficient continuation of trade and the undisrupted functioning of supply chains will also be affected because ships with fatigued seafarers cannot operate indefinitely.”