Legal and professional services firm Ince has partnered with maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society to raise awareness of the current plight of seafarers due to the pandemic of Covid-19.
Julian Clark, Senior Partner, Ince said that “our key workers in our health services are rightly lauded for their commendable efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we must ensure that maritime workers, who keep our global trade alive, are supported even if they themselves cannot hear the applause every Thursday night. Not only are seafarers facing the same risks and concerns as many land-based key workers, their position is made worse due to the inability to social distance on board their ships, restriction of shore leave and significant challenges to their mental health. It is vital we act to raise awareness and funds to support our seafaring community.”
Ince Group CEO Adrian Biles said that “we at Ince are delighted to support this worthy initiative with Sailors’ Society. As world leaders in maritime shipping law, we know better than most the challenging circumstances our seafarers find themselves in. We are reaching out to key clients and lawyers – including those who themselves have spent time at sea – asking them to support the campaign, in order to raise awareness for this extremely vulnerable class of workers.”
Mel Warman, advocacy director, Sailors’ Society said: “We’ve seen a marked increase in calls for help recently, so we are particularly grateful to be partnering with Ince and Love Street band to highlight the enormous strain our seafarers are under. Many seafarers don’t know when they will sign-off and return home, others haven’t been able to start contracts due to lockdowns. The toll on their mental health is apparent. We are offering advice, support and financial assistance to those affected. Funds raised through the download of the track will help ensure the continued provision of these vital services.” The track (From the Sea I’ll Come Home) is available for download from Sailors’ Society’s website (www.sailors-society.org/from-the-sea) and all the usual digital media including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music. All donations will go towards supporting Sailors’ Society’s work caring for seafarers and their families worldwide