Shipping’s dark past is a major factor in why the industry has not been able to get global governmental action on the crew change crisis, and some believe it could take a collapse in supply chains to focus minds.

But industry stakeholders said on a Wednesday webinar that there are ways in which vessel operators can co-operate with interested governments to create “bubble corridors” that allow seafarers to move between shipping centres.

International Labour Organization (ILO) director general Guy Ryder said that, despite the shipping industry’s unique structure of international institutions able and willing to solve problems, it is “deeply disturbing that there is this somewhat hidden humanitarian crisis playing out”.