Dear Fellows & Members,
As I’m sure everyone is aware of and will agree on, the treatment of
seafarers & some shipping companies during this pandemic is very extremely
My own experience as a pilot I have come across Masters and Crew unable to
return home, with no indication when they will be allowed disembark and
extremely worried about their family’s well being and safety. Some
individual seafarer’s medical prescriptions were running dangerously low
and they are unable to go ashore to a Doctor to renew their stock. Another
vessel when entering port in Korea was refused a pilot and expected to
berth without one, putting enormous pressure on the Master. As of
yesterday the USCG reported that there are as many as 93,000 crew still
stuck onboard cruise ships at anchor, drifting, or approaching the US
coast. This crisis in the cruise industry will result in many thousands of
seafarers losing their jobs.
The national media’s targeting of the cruise industry has had detrimental
effect on companies like P&O, who has supported this branch for many years
as a sponsor and home ported in Australia for 88 years. Our branch
Chairman Commodore Christopher Rynd FNI, committee members and other
Senior Nautical Institute executives from around Australia are
brainstorming to assist as much as possible.
Commodore Rynd has written the attached letters to the NSW Premier, NSW
Police Commissioner and Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Home Affairs to
highlight the plight of seafarers and cruise lines in this crisis. We
would invite members to use the attached information in the links below to
contact their own political members.
The Nautical Institute HQ is working very hard to support its members and
all seafarers during this crisis, I will forward to members more details
and information as it comes in.
If any member requires assistance during this time, please contact us and
we will assist as much as we can.
Capt. Patrick Walsh
Assistance Secretary SE Australia branch
Article Update Links:
Branch Chairmans Letter to NSW Premier and NSW Police Commissioner
Cover letter to Premier and NSW Police Commissioner ....
Joint Open Letter to United Nations Agencies from the Global Maritime
Transport Industry ....
Certification of Seafarers - pursuant to