Seafarer made redundant commits suicide at office of former employer

A 31-year-old seafarer committed suicide by hanging himself at a crewing office in Manila on Saturday. The 31-year-old, John Elejan, was found hanging with a green water hose around his neck at the offices of Status Maritime Corporation.

He was proclaimed dead on arrival at a nearby hospital late Saturday afternoon.

The seafarer had been made redundant from the company due to unspecified “bad behaviour”.

Recent reports from Swansea University show that seafaring as a career has the second highest rate of suicide in the world after coal mining.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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