Port City actors against the effects of Coronavirus

 Health and life quality 

Port of Saint John (Canada) supports the local emergency food program with a monetary donation and housing the project in the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal. At the same time, in Antofagasta (Chile), the port also offered its facilities to organize the logistic operation to distribute emergency kits for the most vulnerable populations. Another solidarity action took place in the port of Barcelona (Spain), where the dockworkers donated €143k to the regional health system to fight the coronavirus.

A silent victim of the COVID-19 crisis are seafarers trapped at sea. While ships continue sailing, the strict rules dictated by the Coronavirus has difficulted the crew replacement. This has resulted in more than 100 000 seafarers trapped in the own ships while waiting for the change. Fortunately, some ports like the North Tyrrhenian Port Authority (Italy), are finding solutions. In this case, 241 Filipinos were able to disembark in the port of Piombino from the Diadema Cruise ship. In countries like Spain or India, and the European Commission, are finally allowing crew changes, designating them as key workers and facilitating their travel to meeting ports.

As we saw in last week’s interview, the port of Valencia has been quite active to recognize the effort from workers. Their new initiative “contra viento y marea” wants to gather pictures from amateur and professional photographers to continue the tribute to frontline workers. The goal is also to show how society has adapted to the situation and make an exercise of collective memory. The result will be a physical and online exhibition.

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