Uncertainty about working at sea plus rising standards of living in seagoing nations are making seafarers reluctant to sign up for their next voyage, even as the Covid-19 crisis begins to ease.

Hong Kong’s Anglo-Eastern — the world’s biggest third-party ship manager — is not quite seeing a “Great Resignation” but something more like a “Great Hesitation”.

Bjorn Hojgaard, chief executive of Anglo-Eastern, said: “Onshore, we are not seeing any increased staff turnover.