The ITF Seafarers' Trust (ITFST) has launched an emergency fund to address the impact of the global pandemic on seafarers and their families.
The fund will provide a lifeline for welfare services at risk due to the financial impact the virus has had on business, fundraising and activities.
ITF Seafarer' Trust chair Dave Heindel said: 'At the best of times seafarers struggle to get recognition for the amazing job they do ensuring the steady flow of household goods, food and commodities around the world. Now they have the incredible stress of being stranded far away from their families at a time of extreme distress. It is critically important that the ITF Seafarers' Trust is there for them at this time of need.'
ITF Seafarers' Trust head Katie Higginbottom added: 'As well as providing for seafarers, we also want to make sure that the welfare services that currently offer much appreciated welfare support for seafarers, survive to serve another day after this crisis is over.'
The ITFST Covid-19 Welfare Fund has two main purposes:
- to facilitate fast grant payments for specific projects to alleviate hardship, stress and isolation of seafarers and their families
- to provide funds for the maintenance of seafarers' welfare services during the period of instability caused by Covid-19 and the measures taken to combat the virus
The Trust is working closely with the TK Foundation to ensure a coordinated approach to funding. The TK Foundation is a private foundation supporting non-profit maritime and youth programmes.
Cases relating to individual seafarers can also be addressed but applications must be made via ITF affiliated unions, ITF inspectors or welfare organisations.
For more details visit: www.seafarerstrust.org/covid-19_grants/