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Chairman of thousands of Ukrainian seafarers works in the war's shadow

Oleg Grigoryuk is the chairman of the Ukrainian maritime labor union MTWTU counting 80,000 members, including 15,000 seafarers unable to leave the country due to the war with Russia. ShippingWatch has interviewed him.

Oleg Grigoryuk is trying to convince the Ukrainian government to let seafarers leave the country to work in the global merchant fleet. | Photo: MTWTU

When the war comes a bit too close to their offices in a high-rise block in the Ukrainian port city Odesa, Oleg Grigoryuk and his employees react as they did during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They work from home.

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