The key workers of the sea need you now.

Will you help them?

Seafarers are at the front line of global trade – and now, they’re at the sharp edge of the global pandemic.

These 1.6 million men and women, who transport more than 90 per cent of the goods we rely on every day, are fearing for their futures.

Those at sea haven’t had the privilege of being able to lock down with their families and instead have had to worry about their welfare from thousands of miles away. Many have the added stress of not knowing when or how they will be able to see their loved ones again.

Crews around the world are on ships trapped in port, stranded thousands of miles from home and unable to return, while their loved ones are facing self-isolation - or sickness - alone.

One seafarer told us: “I completed my contract on second March, could not sign off as we were in South Korean and Chinese ports. In Singapore today, cannot sign off as we were in China four days ago. I was to sign off from Colombo around the 22nd, reliever packed and ready with his ticket. As of Sunday, Colombo has suspended crew changes. Next port after Colombo is Lome, West Africa, a three-week sailing. Just heard even they have suspended crew changes...

“Dunno how long we will get stuck here...”

For many of those who have been able to return home, or were on leave when the pandemic hit, there is huge anxiety about where the next contract will come from and how they will be able to continue to put food on their family table.

We've had more than double the number of welfare grant applications we would normally expect since the pandemic hit, with requests from the Philippines already surpassing the number received for the whole of last year.

This is putting intolerable strain on seafarers’ finances and their mental and emotional health, at a time when we have been forced to pull our chaplains away from offering face-to-face support.

We will not abandon them. We are diverting the full resources of the charity to finding ways of supporting these men and women.

  • We are producing mental health resources and hosting an online community for seafarers worried about coronavirus
  • We are sharing chaplains’ contact details so seafarers can call them directly whenever they need to talk
  • We have set-up a temporary dedicated Covid-19 helpline for seafarers. The service is fully confidential and available to all seafarers and their families. Simply call +1-938-222-8181 or use the instant chat at www.wellnessatsea.org/covid-19
  • We are offering grants to help seafarers and their families whose incomes are decimated through loss of work

But we cannot do this without your help. None of us could have anticipated we would be faced with this desperate need. The harsh reality is, we need more money to meet it.

Please, support these key workers of the sea when they need us the most.

We all rely on seafarers – and today, more than ever, seafarers rely on us.

Can you give a seafarer hope at this dark time?

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