The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular informing that three ships and their related owners and recruiting agencies have been blacklisted over abandoning and taking no action for the Indian seafarers who have been stranded in Iran for the last 12 months.
A survey by Nautilus International has found that criminalisation is still a major worry for those working in the shipping industry. In fact, almost 90% of the respondents are worried about the risk of prosecution. In addition, 70% of the respondents suggested the threat directly affects their desire to remain at sea.
Norway has decided against the reflagging of Color Line vessels, according to the Norwegian International Ship Register flag. The company’s ships will remain under the Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register, securing the jobs and wages and conditions of Norway’s seafarers.
European Commission publicly announced its plan of co-financing the project “SkillSea, Futureproof Skills for the Maritime transport sector” in a ceremony. The project aspires to develop a pattern on identifying and meeting the future skills needs of maritime sector and to also lure Europeans to work in maritime industries.
The Mission to Seafarers signed an agreement with the Panama Maritime Authority to provide seafarer welfare services in Panama. The agreement will enable the Mission to Seafarers to create welfare services at all major Panamanian ports, including the Panama Canal.
The International Transport Workers Federation and the International Chamber of Shipping, convened in Geneva at the Joint Maritime Commission Subcommittee on Seafarers Wages. The two organizations decided to update the minimum wage for an able seafarer by 27 USD over the next 3 years.
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Capt. Rajesh Unni Founder & CEO of Synergy Marine Group, discussed key issues surrounding life onboard as well as the existing and future challenges for seafarers. In this regard, he referred on how rising automation is expected to create new demands on skills in IT, communications, and engineering.
The US National Maritime Center posted a bulletin, providing mariners with important information about Transportation Worker Identification Credential enrollment. Namely, mariners must list their occupation as merchant mariner on their TWIC applications.
ISWAN, ICS and InterManager launched a new guidance for shipping companies and manning agents, on dealing with situations involving missing seafarers. The guidance covers managing relationships onboard, actions that should be taken, and managing relationships with the families of seafarers who have gone missing.
A Regional Meeting of Asia’s leading seafaring nations focused on the situation that many seafarers face in case of a maritime accident. As a result, the nations promised to advance effective implementation of the IMO and International Labor Organization (ILO) agreed Guidelines on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers. The meeting took place in Manila on November 13.
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