The coronavirus pandemic and crew change crisis have refocused the spotlight on seafarer welfare and ship safety.

Systemic issues are affecting crews and undermining efforts to improve standards, two reports released in recent weeks argue.

Research from the World Maritime University (WMU) showed that not only are huge numbers of seafarers serving well beyond their contracts, but many are having to take on additional tasks as a consequence of the pandemic.

This is exacerbating the stress and fatigue seafarers have been experiencing for years.