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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)



About the project: 

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. 

Further information: Dr AnnaGielas,



In April 2020, the International Maritime Organization assembled the Seafarer Crisis Action Team (SCAT). Seafarers and their relatives can contact SCAT for help by sending an email to
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