After months of begging by trade groups and their union putting its foot down, seafarers are finally getting key worker status in certain jurisdictions.

Following a summit led by UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Maritime Minister Kelly Tolhurst, representatives from more than a dozen countries including Norway, Denmark, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Greece, the Philippines, the US, and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to measures to help get seafarers home.

"I am deeply concerned about how the global crisis has affected crew changes across maritime transport," Tolhurst said in a statement.