The growing coronavirus infection rates in several countries create additional worry in the shipping industry regarding crew changes, as restrictions have created barriers that have made it more difficult for seafarers to sign on and off vessels in ports in Asia, in particular.
Up until the middle of April, 5.8 percent of the world's seafarers were still working on ships, even though their contracts had expired. 0.4 percent had been on board vessels for more than 11 months, according to a press release from The Neptune Declaration, an initiative formed to facilitate crew changes following major issues during the Covid-19 crisis.
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