Today, on Day of the Seafarer, I would like to recognise the hard work of seafarers around the world, and the efforts of the International Seafarers’ Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN) in providing support to them. Seafarers live a precarious life, often working in unsafe conditions with little or no job security. Hundreds find themselves stateless as their ships are abandoned by unscrupulous owners (the subject of my next novel). As a result, their mental and physical health suffers, and they find themselves living as prisoners aboard unsafe vessels, unable to support their loved ones at home.
Don’t forget the men and women who work our seas!