World Maritime Day 2020 – The strength of our anchors
They say life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the declaration by WHO (World Health Organization) as a pandemic, our lives have changed dramatically. Most of us work remotely from the safety of our homes. There are however people who keep taking care of our well-being, like health professionals, people working in groceries/pharmacies and of course seafarers which often are overlooked.
Despite de facto lock-down situation in many countries, aiming at reducing the speed at which the virus spreads, many of our daily needs remain. There is still the same demand for supplies, medicines, foods and other essential goods. These goods are not growing or produced in every country of the world – 92% are transported by sea and this may be a number that will increase for the next few months considering that airlines have reduced their operations substantially.
As a result of the border and travel restrictions, hundreds of thousands of seafarers are required to stay onboard for an extended time and cannot return as planned to see their loved ones. This is a big challenge for their well-being and of course, directly impacts their families as well in many ways. Just imagine how risky it may be these days for a parent to attend a grocery shop with their children where there is a significant possibility of having those children exposed to the virus. Seafarers are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, and grandchildren – “they are people, usually far from home and family. Their health and welfare are as important as those of anyone else”
Despite tremendous efforts to relieve crew, we continue to experience that restrictions are put in place hampering the free travel of crew – to relieve their colleagues on board. Importantly also, is that seafarers are staying at home, without the opportunity to work and thereby earn a salary to support their families.
We acknowledge that this in fact is a rough storm, but we have witnessed the strength of our anchors.
The “World Maritime Day 2020” can only be another opportunity for OSM Maritime Group and for all the maritime industry to pay a special tribute to our colleagues and #CovidFrontliners who play a crucial role in maintaining and facilitating the uninterrupted flow of maritime trade. You are key players in these unprecedented times, and we hope to have you all home soon and also back to work.
Thank you for your dedication and hard work during these challenging times.
Thank you for being responsible, always on, teambuilders, friendly.
Thank you for being part of OSM family!!