For seafarers mental health issues are a very important matter. These can include the pressures of being separation from family and isolation. For this reason, the UK Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers have created new guidelines to help shipping companies set up policies on mental well-being.
The ITF and Nautilus International are about to call for an increase in the global minimum wage for seafarers. According to the Joint Maritime Commission, currently the global minimum wage for seafarers is $614 per month. Nautilus International general secretary Mark Dickinson will lead the seafarers’ delegation on behalf of the ITF during discussion within the Joint Maritime Commission.
Ahead of the Day of the Seafarers, on 25 June, IMO will focus on seafarer’s wellbeing, particularly their mental health. This year’s campaign will have two hashtags: #SupportSeafarersWellbeing and #GoodDayatSea. With this campaign, the IMO wants to demonstrate how much seafarers matter.
In this video, Colin Gillespie, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention), highlights the importance of attracting, recruiting and retaining the ‘right crew’. Employing the right crew is important to ensure safe operations. The right crew are those crew with the correct knowledge, experience and attitude when conducting an operation.
After more than 11 months at anchor in Sfax, Tunisia, the remaining 10 seafarers onboard the vessel MV Qaaswa departed for home on 30th April 2018. The International Transport Workers’ Federation said that the seafarers were abandoned May 2017. More than $100,000 in wages was paid to the crew.
ITF and the UAE Federal Transport Authority have joined forces with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, to protect the rights of all seafarers operating in UAE waters. The signing agreement, the first of its kind between a government authority and the ITF, took place at the IMO headquarters in London.
Well-being is defined as a state of being “comfortable, healthy, or happy”, which can be easily disrupted however by outside influences, such as family and relationship problems, depression, loneliness and financial issues. Subsequently, seafarers who are struggling with well-being issues could be more vulnerable to illness or injury.
Recently, ENIM, France’s social security system announced that it will attempt to develop a service offering that takes into account the characteristics of the maritime professional environment. This objective comes within the framework of three legislative and coherent conventional regulatory mechanisms.
In her presentation at SAFETY4SEA Cyprus Conference, Mrs. Christiana Moustaki, Senior Crew Manager, Fleet Management, insisted on putting people first, at the dawn of the smart shipping revolution. She said that today, the global supply of officers is forecasted to increase steadily, but this is predicted to be outplaced by increasing demand.
India signed an MoU with the Republic of Korea regarding the Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency of Seafarers. This aims to make it easier for the two governments to recognize the certificates of maritime education and training, competency, endorsements and medical fitness of seafarers issued by each other.
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