Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021
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Stranded and Shattered Seafarers Threaten Global Supply Lineson July 20, 2021 at 5:57 pm

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LONDON/SINGAPORE—”I’ve seen grown men cry,” says Captain Tejinder Singh, who hasn’t set foot on dry land in more than seven months and isn’t sure when he’ll go home. “We are forgotten and taken for granted,” he says of the plight facing tens of thousands of seafarers like him, stranded at sea as the Delta variant of the coronavirus wreaks havoc on shore. “People don’t know how their supermarkets are stocked up.” Singh and most of his 20–strong crew have criss-crossed the globe on an exhausting odyssey: from India to the United States than on to China, where they were stuck off the congested coast for weeks waiting to unload cargo. He was speaking to Reuters from the Pacific Ocean as his ship now heads to Australia. They are among about 100,000 seafarers stranded at sea beyond their regular stints of typically 3–9 months, according to the International Chamber of Shipping …

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