Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia with the crew of Viking Cruises before departure in Bergen Flesland Airport on 7 June 2020
Bergen, Norway, 07 June 2020. The Philippine Embassy in Norway assisted in the repatriation of more than 450 seafarers and crew of various ships docked around Norway due to work stoppage because of the threat of COVID-19. The stranded seafarers were looking forward to going home and re unite with their families after more than two months of quarantine in their respective vessels and waiting for the flight back home.
The repatriation flights were coordinated by various agencies and organized by different shipowners such as Viking Cruises and Hurtigruten with the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in applying for the landing clearance in NAIA. Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia also met with the representatives of the shipowners and ship agents at Bergen Flesland Airport and discussed issues and concerns and the way forward for the shipping industry, particularly on crewing as the COVID-19 pandemic continue to wreak havoc in all parts of the world. END