Crew finally return home after spending 368 days at sea
Following the successful arrangement of a charter flight 150 seafarers made it home, this included Maria & Christopher who had been at sea for 368 days.
Further to the pandemic outbreak crew changes became near impossible in some locations. The transfer of crew became difficult for seafarers who were isolated on vessels for several months and for those that were unable to return to their workplace. Companies faced significant challenges when it came to scheduling travel for their employees’.
There has been examples of success stories including one for the MS «Roald Amundsen» crew transfer. 150 Seafarers from the Philippines were able to embark on their journey back home after spending 368 days onboard the cruise ship. The crew were part of the world's first hybrid-powered cruise ship that has travelled from pole to pole and had been working on a long term contract which was subsequently extended further to the Covid-19 restrictions. All crew were then isolated for more than two months.
On Saturday, 6 June the 18-hour journey home from Bergen to Manila was finally under way thanks to OSM’s collaboration with ATPI who chartered a flight with Aircontact. The seafarers were enthusiastic and thankful as they could finally return home to their families after spending many months at sea.
“It's been tough, the return trip has been postponed several times”, said sailor Christopher Certeza.
“We were going home on April 2. We have now been to Bergen quay since May 24”, said home economist Maria Nagasawa. Maria has spent more than 16 years in the industry and she had never been apart from her family for so long. Philippines Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia, also attended this moving departure, wishing the seafarers a safe trip home.
Based on the article by Cathrine Krane Hansen
Bergen harbor (Norway) with cruise ships. Photo taken from Floyen Hill.
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