I have been in the shipping industry for nearly 50 years. In that time, I have seen grave challenges come and go, to be overcome or endured. The resilience of seafarers and the wider industry has always been one of our greatest qualities. Yet nothing in the past five decades has come close to the scale of the challenge we see today.

Overly harsh, inappropriate, even unlawful restrictions on seafarers’ freedom of movement have had hugely negative consequences on their well-being.