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Hapag-Lloyd seafarers spent more than a year aboard vessel

Covid-19 has divided the shipping world in two. Asia is still inaccessible when it comes to crew changes, while the situation is all but normal in Europe and the US, report Hapag-Lloyd captains. Seafarers were trapped on board vessels for months on end.

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Thousands of seafarers spent months as prisoners on board their vessels during the Covid-19 pandemic, as authorities throughout the world banned them from going ashore.

Even though the situation has improved considerably, especially in Europe and the US, Asian seafarers are still struggling with rigid coronavirus restrictions, making it virtually impossible to effect crew changes in Asian ports.

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