There are number of reasons why a shipping company may abandon crews, such as bankruptcy, ship arrest by port state control or deliberate profitability of the shipowners over seafarers. Sometimes, they cannot get back home or they are even unpaid for months.

Although international stakeholders have responded to the problem of abandonment, with 2001 adoption of financial security by IMO and ILO, and the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) in 2006, the problem is yet to be extinguished.

The video informs that if crew is facing abandonment, they can contact ITF, the flag-state, the port state, the seafarers' embassy or consulate in port, any other welfare organizations in  port or the local community.