Shipping Slows Down (2010): Meet the sailors stranded in foreign ports as a result of the recession.
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No other industry has benefited more from globalisation than the shipping industry. Yet in the wake of the recession, ship owners, shipyards and crews are all finding themselves struggling to survive.
“We have been stuck here with no food and no gasoline. We cannot send money to our families.” Francis is a sailor from Ghana. For months, he has been stranded on a rusty tanker in the port of Las Palmas. When the owners went bankrupt, the crew was left hanging with no means of getting home. Situations like these are common in ports all over the world. A ship usually has several owners; banks, pension funds and private individuals, and everyone washes their hands of it.
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