September 30th was IMO World Maritime Day, themed, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future.” They’re not wrong. Imagine signing a contract for a certain period of time on a ship, only to learn that sovereign pandemic policies and protocols restrict disembarking, discontinued return flights, and port arrivals exacerbated with ever-increasing delays. Mariners have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s impact; congested supply chains have a right to be seen, recognized, and respected around the world.

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