Bengt Ellingsund (42) has been at sea since January 12th. The corona pandemic has made crew change a challenge, and it is uncertain when he will got home. Due to strict infection control measures and travel restrictions, many seafarers have not returned home since the virus broke out. Around 200,000 seafarers are waiting to be replaced, and just as many are waiting to get to work.
The tanker Bow Fortune, where Ellingsund is chief mate, is in the Indian Ocean when we get hold of him on a telephone line. He would much rather have been at home in Norway.
- We left Panama in January when the pandemic broke out, after five days in China there was a total shutdown, he says.