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ITF Seafarers’ Trust: Better access to wifi onboard and facilitating shore leave remain key focus areas of crew welfare

In an exclusive interview to SAFETY4SEA, Mrs. Katie Higginbottom, Head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust says that seafarers’ welfare remains a top priority for 2022; in particular, the organization will continue working towards facilitating seafarers’ access to shore leave and providing decent means of communication onboard along with cooperation with the frontline welfare charities.

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Year in Review: Crew Welfare, a key area of attention within 2021

2021 has been another crucial year for seafarers’ wellness with the crew change crisis continuing to occupy discussions. Data by Global Maritime Forum showed that in summer 2021, almost 9% of merchant sailors remained stuck aboard their ships beyond contracts, which potentially creates adverse effects for wellbeing onboard, especially following a challenging 2020.

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