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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


In September 2020, UN agencies reported that nearly 800,000 seafarers around the world had been unable to disembark and embark ships due to governmental COVID-19 regulations. The situation has been deemed a ‘humanitarian crisis’. As of January 2021, the International Labour Organization reports that 400,000 seafarers are still stranded. 

The aim of this project is to investigate and identify potential long-term effects of the current crisis with regards to different domains of Maritime Security, namely human security, marine safety, blue economy and national security. 

The project has commenced in January and is expected to be completed in October. 

Project updates will be posted here throughout the coming months. 

Further information on the current situation:

Report by the World Maritime University 

Testimonies of stranded seafarers

COVID-19 Q&A for seafarers provided by Nautilus International (seafarer's trade union)


Further information: Dr Anna Gielas,