Close to one third of Maersk's seafarers have exceeded their contracts

Upwards of 35 percent of the seafarers currently deployed on Maersk's ships have been at sea for longer than required by their contracts, the shipping line tells CNN. This is because of the coronavirus crisis, which has made it difficult to change crews around the world.

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The global trade faces yet another coronavirus-related crisis, as 200,000 seafarers who have been at sea for months could refuse to continue working, as fatigue and mental health issues represent a growing problem, reports CNN.

Many seafarers have had their contracts extended for months in order to keep global supply chains of foods, fuel and medicine running, writes CNN citing shipping companies and unions.

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