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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 

CF Sharp Crew Management reports that it is doing all it can to repatriate its crew from postings around the globe and has suspended crew deployments until further notice.

The Philippines-headquartered crew specialist says it has 100 crew members, recently returned from cruise vessels, currently undertaking a period of 14 days isolation in Manila before they may be reunited with their families, while a further 899 seafarers are due to arrive this week.

“Seafarers are a key priority and we, along with our clients, are putting all our efforts into bringing them home and reuniting them with their loved ones at this difficult time,” said CFSharp Crew Management Singapore MD Roger Storey.

Storey praised the company’s cruise lines clients for their support in assisting seafarers to get home. He reported: “Norwegian Cruise Lines has arranged two sweeper flights which, as long as they are not impeded by any ‘red tape’, are due to arrive in Manila on April 1st (445 seafarers) and April 2nd (454 seafarers).  We have reserved places for them all to undertake their compulsory 14-day quarantine.”

Most merchant ships have suspended crew changes for the immediate future and Mr Storey says his firm is working with seafarers to enable them to obtain financial aid from the Philippine Government’s Support for Seafarers scheme, administered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). 

Strictly enforced restrictions in the Philippines require people to self-isolate and observe curfews. Storey advised: “Returning Filipino seafarers need to be made aware of the changes to normal life and business and of course the necessity of keeping safe and avoiding unnecessary risks of exposure to COVID19. We are all working together to keep everyone safe.”


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