Maritime trade routes

Maritime trade routes

Distress signal: Stuck on a never-ending cargo voyage in a pandemic
When Captain Bejoy Kannan boarded the oil tanker China Dawn on December 1, 2019, he expected the job to be much like any other during his 25-year career at sea. He would work hard, do his time and likely be home before his 4-month contract ended. But coronavirus restrictions have meant that “there are 7 of us who have exceeded our contract,” says Kannan, speaking by phone from his ship in the South Atlantic Ocean. “We are stuck at sea, we are prisoners at sea.” Sailing from Australia to South Africa in mid-March, Kannan and 6 of his crew expected to be relieved and fly back home to their families, but 4 days before the China Dawn reached Port Elizabeth, he received the news that South Africa