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The declining attractiveness of working at sea: Where do we go from here?

The maritime sector is the backbone of the global supply chain, with 90 per cent of the world trade, from fish that we eat for dinner to gas for our cars, being carried by sea from one part of the world to another.

Keeping global trade moving during the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the major priorities for countries across the world, as they vowed to ensure the supply of food and medicine by declaring ports critical infrastructure.

However, the workers who are in charge of ensuring goods arrive at their destination have not been provided with the same treatment and recognition.

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