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The UK will hold virtual summit to help stranded seafarers

The British government has called a virtual summit in an effort to find a solution for the thousands of stranded seafarers, some of which have been on board ships for more than a year.

Shipping companies have been able to change crews in Singapore. | Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The UK will host an international summit to find a solution for the more than 200,000 seafarers who are stranded on board commercial vessels in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The thousands of crew members are unable to leave the ships, as many countries still have closed borders. In some cases, the seafarers have been on board the ship for more than a year, and many of them have also seen their contracts expire.

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