Although the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 states: …
‘Every effort should be made by those responsible in port and on board a ship to facilitate shore leave for seafarers as soon as possible after a ship’s arrival in port.’ (Guideline B188.8.131.52 – Seafarers in a foreign port)
… ‘every effort’ doesn’t guarantee that all seafarers will enjoy shore leave during their time in port. The reality is that there will always be seafarers on board a vessel during its time in port, and those seafarers will be longing for a break from the sameness of their surroundings, routine and even their shipmates.
During a vessel’s time in port, there are many visitors – the Pilot, Customs, Quarantine, Providores, Agents – but these visitors are not on board to develop personal relationships with the crew. They are there for safety, security and compliance reasons which, although serving to enhance the crew’s overall welfare, are not focused on a seafarer’s individual spiritual and psychological welfare.
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