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Day of the Seafarer 2019 to focus on gender equality

This year, as always, the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS) will be celebrated on 25 June. Throughout 2019 there will be a strong emphasis on the importance and value of women within the professional ranks. This year, the campaign hashtag is: #IAmOnBoard. In addition, a more specific and targeted element of the overall campaign will be ‘Make one change’. 

ITF, Croatia to protect working conditions for seafarers

During a mission to Croatia, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton met with the Croatian Ship Manning Association and the Mare Nostrum Shipowner Association, along with ITF’s affiliate Seafarers Union of Croatia, to discuss how to protect working conditions for the country’s seafarers. Mario Zorovic, managing director of CROSMA, said that it employs 8,000 seafarers, with Croatia following all major conventions and regulations.

ITF to inspect German company for alleged seafarer rights issues

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) informed that it initiated a targeted operation against German shipping company Johann M. K. Blumenthal, claiming that the company has refused to recognise seafarers’ welfare and rights. This operation aims to make sure that the company’s crews are paid properly, are adequately fed and that all of their rights are being granted.

Watch: Shell’s resilience program

Shell Resilience program provides seafarers with those soft skills required for them to easily “bounce back” when adverse situations arise; a holistic approach which is weighting physical, mental and spiritual health of seafarers. The company’s resilience program is team-based.

The Mission to Seafarers awarded £110k for its UK volunteer base

The Mission to Seafarers has been awarded a £110k grant by Seafarers UK to support the growth and diversification of its volunteer base in the UK. The fund will be used to design and develop a new UK volunteering outreach strategy for 2019, which aims to increase the number of young people (25-45) and female volunteers within the Mission, as well as those from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. 

EU votes on improving recognition of seafarers maritime education and certification systems

The European Parliament voted on April 4 regarding the revision of Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training for seafarers. The revision gives emphasis on the level of transparency that should prevail in processing demands for the recognition of seafarers’ certificates of new third countries. Such a recognition will now stop to be automatic, as the decision to launch this process will have to be taken by the Commission by means of an implementing decision and on grounds of several criteria.

HRAS launches ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’

The first version of the inaugural ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’ is published by Human Rights at Sea after the initial drafting session was held in Switzerland on 20-21 March 2019 at the Graduate Instiute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

New guidance on arrested-detained vessels and abandoned seafarers

ISWAN, in partnership with InterManager, ICS, ICMA and ITF, issued a new booklet, entitled ‘Arrested and Detained Vessels, and Abandoned Seafarers’, providing guidance to welfare organisations dealing with incidents of seafarers being abandoned and vessels being arrested or detained.

Seafarers’ access to maritime facilities final rule published

US Coast Guard published the Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities Final Rule in the Federal Register on April 1, 2019, informing owners and operators of Maritime Transportation Security Act-regulated facilities that they are required to provide seafarers, holding valid US visas and other covered individuals, with the ability to transit through the facility in a timely manner and at no cost to the individuals.

IG Clubs updates FAQs on MLC

The International Group has recently published some further revised FAQs on the Maritime Labour Convention (2006). These FAQs reflect the experiences that Clubs have experienced in dealing with MLC matters. The entry into force of the 2014 amendments to MLC on 18 January 2017 raised a number of questions. These FAQs aim to provide help operators comply with the amendments.

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