The pioneer episode of Live Conversations on Maritime TV focuses on the fears and challenges of Nigerian seafarers during the pandemic. Here’s the full recording of the Instagram Live Chat on Thursday with Otunba Kunle Folarin , Chairman Seafarers Welfare Board Nigeria. Amongst many issues, he advocates for policies that offer indigenous seafarers first right to employment on vessels trading in Nigeria while pushing for foreign vessels visiting Nigeria to employ Nigerian seafarers. He discusses modalities in place for the well being of seamen during the pandemic, and insists that seafarers must be paid for their extended time at sea. Otunba Folarin is particularly disappointed by the enforcement of manning aspect for Cabotage trade and that about 2000 seafarers from the National Seafarers Development Programme are yet to have their Sea Time -the mandatory practical component for competence. This interview answers important questions seafarers and the industry have in mind. Hope you find it insightful!

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