ALGERIA: Seafarers receive essential supplies to combat COVID-19
Seafarers on board the MV Constantine berthed in Algeria received much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) thanks to the Federation of Transport workers in Algeria, FNTT.
The FNTT is leading efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19 with the aid of an emergency grant of USD 32,000 awarded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust. The grant is funding the distribution of vital supplies to vessels berthed in the Port of Algiers.
Seafarers are receiving masks, alcohol hand sanitiser gel, food and some are getting assistance with their medical expenses.
“Many of the crews have been stuck in port for weeks. They’ve been so grateful to get these supplies. The PPE and medical support from the Trust is vital. We are also providing them with SiM cards. To be able to speak to their families is as important to them as the protective equipment,” Seddik Berrama, FNTT General Secretary, told us.
This is the first time the Trust has funded an initiative of this scale for Algerian seafarers.
“The union is in an excellent position to lead this Covid19 support effort, they form part of the UGTA, the General Union of Algerian Workers, and have networks all over the country. We are honoured to have played a part in helping combat the spread of Coronavirus in Algeria” said Katie Higginbottom, Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust.