On 24 February, Hellenic Shipping News carried a news item about a report from Cardiff University on pressures on seafarers caused by corrupt practices when they arrive at some ports. Interviews revealed demands for cash and provisions when their vessels enter ports. One seafarer spoke of his crew being forced to resort to food rationing between ports, while another described seeing a supervisor hand over money from his own pocket, fearing a delay to their schedule might cause him to lose his job. Researchers have also been told of incidents where vital safety equipment on board is compromised by thefts of brass fittings. The first-hand testimonies are a continuation of research led by Professor Helen Sampson of the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) and are included in a film to raise awareness of their plight.
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