The Philippine government is working to evacuate its sailors from Ukraine
The Philippines is stepping up a rescue mission for sailors stranded in Ukraine and has so far managed to evacuate 21 of its sailors from the country amid the ongoing Russian invasion.
The 21 made up the bulk carrier’s all-Filipino crew S-breeze, and their evacuation was facilitated by the assistance of the Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Moldova in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Budapest.
bulk carrier S-Brise has been in drydock for repairs at the Ilyichevsk shipyard in the port of Odessa, Ukraine, since January 27. The crew had remained in the ship’s accommodations with sufficient provisions, but they requested assistance with repatriation due to the risks posed by the invasion.
The Philippine government said there are now 27 Filipinos who have been evacuated from Ukraine to Moldova. The Philippine Embassy in Budapest and the PH Consulate in Chisinau are arranging for the seafarers to be repatriated to Manila as soon as possible.
The reports indicate the S-Brise The crew were among many Filipino sailors taken during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, where merchant ships continue to be targets of escalating warfare.
Among those caught in the crossfire are 21 Filipino crew members from the Queen of Namur, a freighter that was hit by rocket fire last week. 11 other Filipino crew members were on board the freighter Yasa Jupiter, which was attacked during the opening phase of the invasion.
The Philippines is the world’s largest supplier of seafarers to international shipping, and nearly 220,000 Filipino nationals were sent to work overseas in 2020, according to the Philippine Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).