Stranded at Sea, Coronavirus Takes a Toll on Seafarers’ Mental Health

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    When Ritesh Mehra, 43, enlisted for a four-month stint as captain on a liquid gas tanker last July, he never expected to be stranded at sea until spring.

    “Twice it has happened that the ports are not allowing crew change,” Mehra told Reuters via Zoom from the bridge of the 80,000 tonne ship docked outside the Indian port of Haldia.

    “My family won’t trust me anymore. I have been giving them dates when I would come home from December.”

    Mehra, who has 20 years’ experience at sea, is also trying to buoy the spirits of his nervous crew of 23, many struggling with fatigue and social isolation.

    “Being chained to this particular place, you can almost say jail, is bearing on the crew now,” Mehra said.

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