Bulletin: Seafarers International Relief Fund

Later this afternoon the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will announce which countries are on the green, amber and red lists for travel purposes. There has been a lot of speculation in the last few weeks and it seems likely the green list will initially only include a handful of countries. Nonetheless, this is an important milestone as the country takes another step towards resuming international travel. We continue to work closely with the government on the practical aspects of international travel but if any members do have concerns or questions please do reach out to the team at the Chamber.

In India, we have seen the terrible news of how Covid-19 is now spreading and as the situation deteriorates, seafarers and their families are in desperate need of our collective help.

The Seafarers International Relief Fund has been established to create a central fund to respond to the desperate needs of seafarers resulting from the pandemic.  This situation could go on for many months and the fund aims to be as responsive as possible to the needs of Indian seafarers and their families.  This Emergency Appeal is being coordinated by The Seafarers’ Charity and is supported by The Mission to Seafarers, ISWAN, Sailors’ Society, and other charities, working alongside all key industry players who will make a difference to support Indian seafarers and their families. Funds raised will be distributed to the supporting charities. If you are able to donate, please find out how you can here.

Many of you reading this will know someone who has gone above and beyond in the Merchant Navy in the past year. Seafarers have been the unsung heroes of the pandemic and now we have the opportunity to recognise some of these individuals. There is just 3 weeks left to nominate someone for the 2021 Merchant Navy Medal. This state award is for those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others.  When completing a nomination form the most important thing to highlight is what is meritorious about the nominee’s service and what they have done that is over and above the job they are paid to do. Make clear what added value have they shown including whether have they mentored and supported people, inspired young people, helped companies, actively worked with charities, been an exceptional leader, an example to others, brought about positive changes, improved safety, welfare, mental health, diversity.

The guidance and nomination form can be found here on the GOV.UK website.