Seafarers and their families are being asked to upload videos of themselves in a message to governments on the impact of the ongoing crew change crisis.
The social media campaign launched by the International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has been designed to give seafarers and their families a chance to have their voices heard by governments.
While ITF-affiliate trade unions – including those also affiliated to the Nautilus Federation continue with their ongoing lobbying of national governments to resolve crew change restrictions, the campaign aims to produce a series of short videos highlighting the humanitarian crises brought about by the current lack of crew change.
The campaign calls for seafarers to submit videos of themselves discussing:
- How they are feeling? What is the impact of not seeing their family?
- How long they have been on board and where they are now?
- What message would they like to send to Governments?
Families at home who are waiting for their seafarer relatives to return should also submit videos for inclusion, in addition to seafarers at home who are waiting to return to their vessels.
The ITF will be closely involved in the editing phase of these videos and will ensure that, should a seafarer’s identity be visible, they will have the opportunity to review the videos before they are published. Videos should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org via WeTransfer.
Coordinator of the Nautilus Federation, Danny McGowan, said: 'Unions are working extremely hard to resolve this issue for members who are stuck at sea or ashore waiting for crew change.
Some governments have done well to remove travel restrictions for seafarers, but many others need an additional push – we hope that these personal messages from our members will give prominence to these additional pressures they face during the Covid-19 pandemic.'
Nautilus new Fair Treatment App is a 'friend in your pocket' wherever you are in the world
Nautilus International celebrated International Day of the Seafarer with the launch of a new Nautilus Fair Treatment App, which provides members with instant access to Union advice and support following an incident at sea.
Nautilus welcomes UK prime minister's commitment to 'global keyworkers' in crew change crisis
Nautilus has welcomed a commitment from UK prime minister Boris Johnson to address the plight of seafarers stranded by the Covid-19 crew change crisis.
Free maritime mental health support highlighted on International Day of the Seafarer
The Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) has renewed its contract with online mental health service Big White Wall for another year, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mark Dickinson appointed commissioner to Maritime Skills Commission
Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson has been appointed a commissioner on the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) which is tasked with expanding the industry's pool of maritime talent.
Unions and employers press UK government on seafarers' pandemic pay plight
Nautilus has joined with its UK social partners to demand action from the British government on financial support for seafarers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Time pressure a factor in cargo loading accident
Time pressures may have been one of the factors leading to an accident in which two seafarers were injured during cargo operations in the Scottish port of Campbeltown last year, an investigation has revealed.