July 9 is the date for the UK-convened summit on crew changes, which will engage stakeholders from across the world, including maritime, aviation, regulators and politicians. A solution to the crew repatriation crisis cannot come soon enough with news from British charity, the Seafarers Hospital Society, that suicides have become the number one source of deaths onboard ships in recent months.
"The mental health of seafarers has been in the spotlight in recent weeks with a number of reported suicides and suicide attempts on board ships stranded offshore or in port. It s now the foremost cause of deaths amongst seafarers," the charity warned in a recent release.
The Seafarers Hospital Society is now headed by Sandra Welch, previously the COO at the Sailors Society.
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