The Maritime Academy of Nigeria is currently not having enough manpower as well as infrastructure, in order to antagonize with its rivals in the Philippines, India, Egypt, England and the United States. The institution has obsolete equipment, acquired 25 years ago, while another problem is that one lecturer accounts to 200 students.
The World Maritime University announced publication of the inaugural report from the historic MarTID (Maritime Training Insights Database) survey initiative, intended to study global maritime training practices and investments. The report showed that more operators increased their budget for crew training from 2016 to 2017.
The amendment will be submitted to the next ILO session for adoption. When it enters into force, it foresees that the seafarers’ wages and other contractual entitlements will continue to be paid during the entire period of captivity. This will provide the families with the necessary means of survival.
The Spanish Harbour Masters agreed to support the “Boarding Program for Maritime Cadets” launched by the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine together with IMO. Through the Program, a total of 111 students have been embarked, with the collaboration of more than 100 national and foreign entities.
ICTSI South Pacific and its PNG terminal operating subsidiaries, South Pacific International Container Terminal Limited and Motukea International Terminal Limited, have signed new union agreements with the PNG Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union, that establish pay and conditions for workers.
MPA Singapore signed a MoU with Singapore Associations with a view to develop human capital for the seafaring sector, identifying that new competencies and skills are required to operate the next generation of ships.
The increased number of reported cases of abandonment of seafarers is being highlighted at the 105th session of IMO’s Legal Committee, currently underway, from 23 to 25 April. A joint ILO/IMO database recorded 55 such cases during 2017, against an average 19 annually during the preceding three years.
16 crew members of the container ship ‘Avonmoor’, who had been abandoned in the Port of Casablanca, Morocco, since January 2018, have been now repatriated home to the Ukraine, after efforts of International Transport Workers’ Federation Inspectors, and ITF affiliate, Moroccan Workers’ Union.
ISWAN launched a free, confidential helpline for seafarers, which is now available on the instant messaging app Viber. SeafarerHelp is available on Viber from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 18:00, UK time. Any messages received outside these hours will be responded to within the mentioned times. The app uses the device’s internet connection to send messages and make calls.
India signed an MoU with the Republic of Korea on mutual recognition of certificates of competency of seafarers, paving the way for the two governments to mutually recognize the certificates of maritime education and training, competency, endorsements and medical fitness of seafarers issued by each other.
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