Care for crews on seagoing vessels port of Rotterdam
Due to all the strict Covid 19 measures, the change of crews on seagoing ships has been delayed for over two months. Seafarers who have been on board for a long time and who are worried about their loved ones may need a little of additional help. Another conversation, a listening ear and some understanding from third parties or – practically – an extra telephone card to call home can offer relief in such a situation.
The Rotterdam Port Welfare Committee has therefore compiled a list of organizations that, typically in the corona crisis, are willing to offer pastoral and social support on board whenever a crew member needs it. RPWC supports these organizations, they are well equipped by RPWC for visits on board, work according to a protocol and RIVM guidelines. RIVM and the GGD have given permission to resume welfare work on board. Of course, this only happens with the permission of the captain and at the request of a seafarer.
RPWC asks attention for the situation of crews. “We understand that terminals and shipping companies are concerned. Under no circumstances does one want corona on board or at the terminal. But the good work that the welfare organizations provide is in the interest of the port ”. Harbourmaster René de Vries, Deltalinqs director Bas Janssen and Robert Bravenboer of VRC call upon Rotterdam’s port business to help organizations that care about the well-being of seafarers. They consider this work very important now. “Without seafarers no medical goods for the Netherlands”.
PS; Picking up crews to visit seamen’s clubs is still not allowed.