Feels like prison: Seafarers stuck on board due to Covid-19

MANILA/SINGAPORE – Mr Chris Moises Canaveral, a third mate on board a 22,000-tonne tanker, has not stepped on land in 10 months. He expects to still be out at sea come Christmas and New Year.

He said he is used to it. He first set foot on a merchant ship 10 years ago, when he was 26. Since then, he has been home to celebrate Christmas with his family just four times. “It’s hard, but we’re seamen. We’re used to isolation and solitude,” he said.

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