- 09. April 2020
- Shipping News
Thanks expressed to seafarers: video message on board from VDR President
Hartmann thanks thousands of seafarers on ships of the German merchant navy for commitment and dedication during the corona crisis / crew changes remain major problem.
On the occasion of the forthcoming Easter holidays, the President of the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder – VDR) addressed all seafarers of the German maritime shipping fleet with a brief video message, expressing his gratitude to them for their devotion to duty. Alfred Hartmann, owner of the Hartmann shipping group, said the following in this message: “During this coronavirus pandemic, it is especially hard to be away from family. To the thousands of you out there at sea right now, please know that you are providing an extremely important service. With enormous dedication, and against all the obstacles, you are ensuring: that goods of all kinds reach their destination in ports here in Germany, in Europe and elsewhere, that the shelves in supermarkets are full, and that we get medication and protective clothing we need.”
In the message, Hartmann also addressed the ever-increasing problem that hundreds of thousands of seafarers worldwide cannot disembark as planned at the end of their actual missions out at sea. “Many of you are receiving troubling news from home. And you are often unable to get there. As it is almost impossible to have crew changes at this time,” said Hartmann, adding that the German Shipowners’ Association was making every effort in co-operation with many others: “We are doing everything we can to ensure that this changes soon.”
Finally, the VDR President once again emphasised the importance of a functioning maritime shipping system: “Without shipping and without you, our seafarers, there would be no trade, no provisions and no resupplies. So: take care of yourself. Stay healthy, and stay strong! All of us here on shore need you.”