Effects of Corona Virus (COVID-19) on seafarers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Efe, Sunday Ighovie
Keywords: COVID-19, seafarers, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Journal of Management and Social Science Research 2021 2(1/2), 14-23. Published: January 4, 2023


Abstract

The study evaluates the effects of COVID-19 on seafarers in Port Harcourt. The study administered questionnaire to seafarers at Port Harcourt Tourism Beach, Nigerian Port Authority and those found at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) offices. The data obtained were presented with statistical diagram and analysed with multiple linear regression. The findings showed that COVID-19 had an adverse effect on seafarers. It has led to social deprivation, psychological and mental disorder, drastic reduction in immune system of individual seafarers, and a general economic quagmire. In order to manage these effects, the following measures were advanced: NPA suspend fees, medical fitness certificates' expiration dates extended, and suspension of terminal storage charges among others.