Seafarers decry loss of jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Seafarers have decried loss of jobs since COVID-19 pandemic struck causing global economic shut down.

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Since the onset of the pandemic, the maritime and shipping industry is one of the sectors hardly hit causing global economic shut down with many losing their jobs and livelihoods.

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Habida Mohamed who is a crew passer, narrates how she had only worked for a month with the Mediterranean Shipping Company-MSC when her contract of nine months was frozen until further notice due to the COVID-19.

¨I lost my job after because the ships were not sailing. I had only worked for a month. Our contracts were halted,¨ said Habida.

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Habida is looking forward to sail again and says if an opportunity arises she will be willing to go back and work.

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Paul Nyainda a Marine Engineer says he disembarked in Dubai and flew home after his contract ended in March but since then he has been jobless because there are no ships that have been sailing.

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