Seamen fled the ship in attempt to return home. New trend? VIDEO

Maritime Bulletin
Date: April 5, 2020
By: Mikhail Voytenko

Police intercepted two seamen attempting to flee their ship at Keelung Port, Taiwan, on Apr 4. They’ve been returned to the ship, donned in masks and plastic bags or coats. Both runaways of Myanmar nationality wanted to return home, to Myanmar. Seems like a naïve act, but what do we know? Undoubtedly, a lot of dramas and even tragedies, are currently taken place on board of thousands of merchant ships around the world, because of insane virus fight policies. The number of such personal dramas will forever remain unknown, as well as the outcome, except in some cases after they turn into accidents or tragedies. Just imagine a young seaman whose shore leave is long overdue, and who suddenly, lost contact with girlfriend. Or a family man losing his mind out of anxiety, when his family goes off the line for a day or two. Or a young man deprived of woman’ company for months. Situation is becoming almost unbearable if taking into account absolute lack of anything decisive, any timeline or realistic perspective to be relieved anytime soon.    [FULL  STORY]

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