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USCG: FAQS on Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities

The USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance has compiled frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist with the compliance of Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities regulation (33 CFR §105.237), effective from 1st May 2019.

Lack of government support a new concern for seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers announced a strategic partnership agreement with the Shipowners P&I Club, which became the 2019 Gold Sponsor for the Mission’s ongoing Seafarers Happiness Index. In its Seafarers Happiness Index figures for the first quarter of 2019, the Mission revealed high levels of pride among crews, but also ongoing issues.

ITF, ITUC call seafood industry to protect workers’ rights

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) issued a joint statement to the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Bangkok. The statement is about the worker voice or welfare committee models being constructed in companies and organisations, which, according to the statement, are not an incremental step towards recognising workers’ right to organise.

HRAS launches second Flag States and Human Rights report

Human Rights at Sea collaborated with the University of Bristol Law School Human Rights Implementation Centre and launched the second report ‘An evaluation of Flag State Practice in Monitoring, Reporting and Enforcing Human Rights Obligations on Board Vessels’, as part of a continuous study into the engagement, policies and remedies affected by flag States in relation to their duties to uphold human rights at sea.

Seafarers repatriated after 13 months marooned off Tunisia

ITF reports that the 12 seafarers onboard Qaaswa have been sent home, after 13 months marooned off the Port of Sfax. They had been left abandoned off the Tunisian coast with no wages, food and fuel. The 12 crewmembers flew home to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar on May 31, with thousands of dollars in unpaid wages, with overall USD 130,952, for the eight months that they were owed.

Seafarers’ training and certification requirements subject to the IGF Code

MPA Singapore issued a circular concerning training and certification requirements for seafarers on ships, subject to the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code). The circular applies to shipowners, ship managers, masters, chief engineer officers, marine engineer officers, deck officers and ratings of Singapore registered ships subject to the IGF code.

PEME as a foundation of the crew member’s wellbeing and safety on board

Today we are going to talk about Pre-employment and re-employment medical examinations. Unfortunately the importance of these tests is under estimated, left for the responsibility of the crew member, treated as a formal requirement, which eventually might lead to very costly claims onboard and/or even direct threat to the crew member’s life.

American Club PEME: Most medical issues linked to diet

The American P&I Club shared figures on its PEME program for 2017-2018, noting that most medical conditions observed were lifestyle related, attributed to seafarer’s dietary habits. The Club has also seen a general trend and rise in the incidences of Hep B and Hep C conditions globally. 

Drewry: Manning costs to rise moderately in next five years

Manning costs have grown moderately over the last 12 months, checked by easing officer supply shortage, and are forecast to rise at a similar pace over the next five years, said global shipping consultancy Drewry in a new report. 

Canadian port operations resume, ILWU and BCMEA reach agreement

According to local sources, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU Canada) reached an agreement with B.C. Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), preventing a shutdown at the majority of the major port facilities, located at the Canadian west coast.

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