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2,000 distressed seafarers seeking help to get off ships

The International Transport Workers' Federation, ITF, has over the course of six days received inquiries from around 2,000 stranded seafarers requesting to go ashore as soon as possible.

Seafarers arriving at Singapore Changi Airport to fly back to India after months at sea. | Photo: Edgar Su / Reuters / Ritzau Scanpix/REUTERS / X90125

Up to 2,000 seafarers have over the course of six days made inquiries to the International Transport Workers' Federation, ITF, which is trying to help them cease working, leave their ships and, in the end, go home.

Nearly two weeks ago, the trade union urged seafarers across the globe to stop working if their contracts had expired.

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