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Abandoned Qaaswa crewmembers repatriated after 11 months

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.

UAE, ITF ink historic agreement against seafarers’ abandonment

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. 

How mental well-being affects personal recovery

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.

Clarifications on new French regulation for seafarers

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.

The Human Element: Putting people first

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, Korea sign seafarers competency agreement

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. 

Nigerian Maritime Academy faces manpower and infrastructure problems

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.

Crew training budget increased in 2017

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.

MLC Amendment: Abducted seafarers to be fully paid during captivity

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.

Spanish maritime authorities support program for maritime cadets

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.


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