Cannot Access Centres Q3 2020

5.48 up from 5.33

The obvious impact of seafarers not being allowed ashore is that access to, and use of, seafarers centres has dropped. Seafarers spoke of their frustration at not being allowed to even get ashore to pop into centres.

However, there was much praise and gratitude to welfare volunteers who have continued to support and have been a welcome and visible presence. It would seem that the rise in data this Quarter rests on the fact that where crews cannot come to centres, then the provisions and support have been taken to them, where appropriate.


Unfortunately, many reported a lack of access, and a sense of simply having to wait out the pandemic to be able to even get the most basic levels of welfare. The written responses in this section further set a troubling scene of seafarers feeling trapped, isolated, frustrated and forced to try and pass the time as best they can.

The crew change crisis is not simply about the problems of getting leave, it seeps into everyday life onboard, and the crisis also means very little change for crew. Day after day a relentless routine of work cannot be broken as there is no means of accessing the facilities which can make life better, more pleasant and happier.

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