They ask for assist from Jeff Bezos to rescue stranded sailors

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They ask for help from Jeff Bezos to rescue stranded sailors

There are some seafarers who have been at sea for more than a year due to port restrictions.

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November
28, 2020

3 min read

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur due to this process.

If you need help, you have to ask for it. That's why various shipping industry associations sent a letter to Amazon's owner and founder Jeff Bezos, asking for help for around 400,000 seafarers trapped in merchant ships, according to Bloomberg.

As reported by the media, due to port and border restrictions, seafarers stayed at sea to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The joint letter states: "The strength of the Amazon (and others) supply chain is critical to the success of the days marked red for retail on Black Friday. Without these seafarers, world trade would be like us know him. " just cease to exist ”. Groups such as the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) participated in the document. It is also emphasized that around 90 percent of world trade depends on sea transport.

In the text, they also call on Bezos to put pressure on the new US administration, President-elect John Biden and other leaders to recognize the work of seafarers. However, Amazon did not respond immediately.

According to a study by Bloomberg earlier this year, 40 seafarers were found from various searches to describe the deteriorating conditions. In addition, they had no ongoing contracts and some had even not received any payments for more than two months. Now most of the crew had not left the ships for months because of the pandemic.

"Unforgivably, more than 400,000 of our colleagues and seafarers who support the movement of goods around the world are stranded on board their ships because governments do not recognize their crucial role and will not prioritize them for immigration and travel purposes," it said Letter to the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos.

Remember, there was a strike by Amazon workers on Prime Day in Germany as they called for better working conditions and pay and respect.