Urgent assistance needed for Indian Seafarers and their families.

The Seafarers International Relief Fund has been established by leading maritime welfare charities and shipping industry players to respond to the increasing and desperate needs of seafarers and their families resulting from the pandemic.

Although its initial focus will be to assist Indian seafarers and their families, the Fund will also help seafarers across the world.

With the escalation of the emergency in India, a nation that is home to approximately 240,000 seafarers, the welfare charities and industry players felt an enhanced level of support and a speedy response was needed.

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Despite suggestions that the crew change crisis was envisaged to be near its end, the escalation of COVID-19 cases in India to more than 400,000 per day has prompted some major ports to prohibit ship crew changes for seafarers with recent travel history to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. There are also restrictions being placed by some countries on seafarers emanating from the Philippines. This latest crisis, which has exacerbated the challenges that have come before, prompted this collective action.

We believe that practical and emotional welfare support will be needed in many guises and want to respond to the many varied requests we receive. We have reached out to better understand the need by way of discussions with our teams on the ground in India and through surveys with key stakeholders.

We believe this situation will go on for many months and thus the Fund aims to be responsive as possible to the needs of Indian seafarers and their families. As the virus mutates, we recognize that there will be new outbreaks, with new needs across the world, and this Fund will be responsive to the needs of seafarers wherever they are in the world, in line with the international remits of the charities involved

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Grant Funding

Initially the Fund will provide a charitable welfare response in India. Grants will be awarded to respond to needs identified in the local area.

The funded activity must be charitable in nature and can be provided by charities, social partners or other not for profit organisations.

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Ways to Donate to the Fund

The COVID-19 crisis in India is already out of control and as the pandemic continues to increase in ferocity, seafarers and their families are in desperate need of our collective help.

We urgently call on the industry to contribute to this Fund and help seafarers and their families affected by COVID-19 across India.

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The Relief Fund is being coordinated by The Seafarers’ Charity, a grant funder, and is supported by the maritime charities working alongside industry players. Funds raised will be distributed via the supporting charities listed below.

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