Fewer sailors stranded on ships after contracts expire

The number of crew members caught aboard vessels with ended contracts due to crew change difficulties is decreasing, but the Omicron variant continues to create uncertainty.

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Challenges with crew changes continue to loosen up, resulting in the number of sailors stuck aboard ships after contracts expire is decreasing, shows the latest figures from the Neptune Declaration initiative.

The portion of crew stranded with expired contracts has fallen by 3.7 percent this last month from 4.7 percent, while the number of sailors aboard vessels longer than 11 months after contracts terminate has also declined from 0.7 to 0.4 percent.

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