A global transport systems collapse looms due to the lingering impacts of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In an open letter, a coalition of unions that represent shipping workers across the globe warns of the imminent collapse as fragmented and inconsistent pandemic restrictions around the world toss international shipping into chaos.
“Their continued mistreatment is adding pressure on an already crumbling global supply chain. At the peak of the crew change crisis, 400,000 seafarers were unable to leave their ships, with some seafarers working for as long as 18 months over their initial contracts.
Retailers have also warned of shopping chaos during the Christmas season as backlogs in supply chains have seen over 70 container ships lining up off the coast of California and another 60 off New York. (Related: West Coast ports logjammed with about container 60 ships still waiting to dock; supply lines continue to suffer disruptions.)Shipping workers warn of imminent global transport systems collapse – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD