If the ship might get underway in the next 14 days they gangway up the ship. For example, the oiler that was on duty for the East Coast was going in and out of Norfolk regularly. They were gangway up for two months. This was March-May 2021. They were a day out of Norfolk, VA for the most part.
I use that ship as one example out of several to point out that Virginia is a domestic port which is open, that they were not crossing an ocean. That should be low risk.
Another ship is in and out of the UK. The ship has high vaccination rates (85%). The UK is doing great in their vaccinations. That ship is repeatedly denied gangway down.
I can understand gangway up restrictions on a ship in and out of a restrictive country like Singapore. Local rules overrule. No problem with that. But restrictions in countries like UK and UAE with high vaccine rates that have generally reopened? It’s silly.
Finally, the CDC says fully vaccinated people can mostly return to normal life, that they are unlikely to get seriously ill or pass on an infection in the unlikely event that they do get sick. Yet the USN does not differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated sailors. That isn’t following the science.
We all remember last year when CIVMARs were gangway up while contractors, shipyard workers and USN came and went freely to infect the trapped CIVMARs. What was that? I’ll tell you what that was: a show of doing something so they could pat each other on the back - a farce.
Which brings me to my point: USN leadership isn’t following the science; they aren’t putting in place the conditions to encourage vaccination (see my previous post); they are hemorrhaging CIVMARs to the point that the important job gets done for now (supporting the Navy) at the expense of retaining experience and losing the most desirable CIVMARs to other employments which will make MSC a less capable partner/servant in the future. (That’s another soapbox for another time.)
I’m not saying an employer has to give a shit about their employees. They don’t have to. I just don’t see how this is in the employer’s best long term interest.