Southampton-based charity Sailors’ Society held the official opening of a newly refurbished portacabin for seafarers, on 23 February. Funded by a grant from the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, the cabin offers respite to seafarers unable to access city centre amenities due to limited shore leave and quick turnaround times.
During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Cyprus Conference, Capt. VS Parani, HSSEQ Manager, Oceanic Marine Management Limited, discussed how heuristics can be used for better decisions onboard ships, stressing that seafarers make several high-stakes decisions every day- not all end well, given that there are on average 100 total ship losses and 1000 fatalities every year, mostly attributed to human error.
The crew of Venezuelan oil tanker ‘Rio Arauca’ is set to be dismissed, almost two years after being stuck in the middle of the river Tagus in Lisbon due to unpaid debt, according to managers Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM). The Rio Arauca arrived in Lisbon in May 2017, but has been inactive and unable to dock since then.
Sailor’s Society alerts on seafarers’ mental health, as a suicide incident image emerged. As Sandra Welch, deputy CEO of Sailors’ Society stated the image is a wake up call to the maritime industry. Thus, the incident is only one case, amongst the rest that go unreported every year.
Maritime unions in Canada are supporting colleagues in Australia that were sacked after an Australian shipping company decided to replace them with foreign crew on flag of convenience vessels and employed them on lower pay, with poorer conditions. The Maritime Union of Australia called the Australian government to bring in legislation to protect Australian maritime jobs.
Female seafarers marked themselves lower than the general average in the latest Seafarers Happiness Index while deck crew and officers tended to be happier than their engineering counterparts. How does the industry challenging injustice and valuing diversity though? Are any equal opportunities out there?
The latest review of skills and capacity for Australian seafarers has concluded that more than 560 new workers will be needed in the next four years. These seafarers will have to be experts beyond standard qualifications. Maritime Industry Australia warns that in spite of expected increases in demand for seafaring skills, there is no increase in training options for new workers.
Four United Nations human rights officials have strongly criticised the British Government’s scheme governing protection and labour rights for migrant fishermen from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The letter focuses on modern forms of racism, slavery and on trafficking in persons.
The number of Indian seafarers employed on Indian or foreign flag vessels saw an unprecedented growth of 35% last year, according to data provided by the Indian Ministry of Shipping. The figure rose from 154,349 in 2017 to 208,799 in 2018.
ITF informed of another case of crew underpayment in Australia, involving the 80,000-tonne bulk carrier ‘Villa Deste’ at a BHP terminal in Queensland. Crew aboard the ship contacted the ITF pleading for help, claiming to have no food and no onboard wages, and being fed on a $4 food budget per day.
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