There are at least five hundred seafarers stranded in the Ukraine two months after the beginning of the Russian invasion.
This was disclosed by the International Maritime Organization, adding that, to date, about 1500 seafarers had been repatriated to their countries of origin.
In a statement issued by The IMO it was reported that many ships hired local shipkeepers to replace crews while other vessels had been put into cold lay-up , with no crew remaining on board.
The latest figures show that there are 330 ships still in Ukrainian waters, 84 of which are merchant vessels stuck inside ports.
The IMO says it will continue to monitor the situation closely, particularly in the ports of Mariupol, Kherson and Mykolaiv, where fighting is heaviest.
Translation by Giles Foster