Maritime Cook Islands marked Day of the Seafarer at Trader Jacks on Friday, recognising the significant contribution of the seafarers on the front line of Covid-19 and pay tribute to the millions of seafarers around the world.
They also discussed the struggles facing seafarers where most are confined to their ships and unable to get home at the end of their contracts.
Director Maritime Cook Islands Glenn Armstrong says this is a global event organised every year to recognise seafarers.
He said they are basically the lifeline for the world’s economy as about 90 per cent of all goods travel by sea and about 1.2 million seafarers at sea at the moment.
Armstrong said: “For the last four months they pretty much have not been allowed off their ship.”
He said about 50,000 seafarers a week, have come to the end of their contract but they can’t get off their ship.
“The ones who are employed are basically prisoners on their ships and those who want to be employed can’t be employed. It is a real big problem.”
“There is not much we can do from here practically, it is just important that seafarers do recognise that seafarers are essential workers- thank God for them. Send them a bit of love.”