ITF criticizes flag states for failure to protect seafarers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has criticized flag states for failing to protect the health of seafarers and passengers during the current pandemic and concomitant humanitarian crisis.

Cruise ships in several part of the world have been struggling to find a port that will allow them to dock. The ITF said that the failure was evident in the latest unravelling of events that have seen cruise ships repeatedly being refused permission to dock and disembark passengers amid precautionary measures introduced by different governments aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.