Wilhelmsen Ship Management crowdfunds to help COVID-19 relief efforts

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) is appealing to the shipping industry to get behind its crowdfunding campaign to help Mission to Seafarers support seafarers through the COVID-19 crisis.

The maritime charity will use the funds raised by Wilhelmsen employees, supporters, friends and the wider industry to amplify its existing programmes that have been helping seafarers and their families during this difficult time. This includes provision of mental health support and food for affected seafarers and their families.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption on crew change operations. The fall out effect of this has impacted approximately 150,000 seafarers onboard unable to be signed off and another 150,000 seafarers onshore unable to sign on. This disruption has impacted the affected seafarers’ welfare. For those onboard, the mental distress and anxiety to get home can be overwhelming. For those onshore, the pressure to generate income for their love ones can become overbearing.

To show your support to this important community, please go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/wilhelmsensupportsthemissiontoseafarers