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Addressing the abandonment of seafarers and shipowners liability

Protecting seafarers from the consequences of abandonment in foreign ports The world's leading maritime nations and representatives of ship owners and seafarers, are to address the issues of abandonment of seafarers and the rapid settlement of claims for compensation in the case of a seafarer's death or long-term disability at the first meeting of a Special Tripartite Committee established under the ILO's Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006).More than 300 maritime representatives from all regions of the world will gather at the ILO on 7-11 April to consider the two key proposals jointly submitted by the international representatives of ship owners and seafarers to amend the Code (Standards and Guidelines) of the MLC, 2006. The meeting will also be a major forum for an international exchange of views on issues encountered in national implementation.As of March 2014, the ILO's Abandonment of Seafarers Database listed 159 abandoned merchant ships, some dating back to 2006 with abandonment cases still unresolved. Many abandoned seafarers are aboard ships without pay, often for several months, and lack regular food supplies, medical care or means to return home.The proposals for amendments concern the provision of financial security to better protect seafarers from the consequences of abandonment ...

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ILO discussions on shipowner liability and abandonment of seafarers under MLC

Government, worker and employer representatives of the ILO Governing Body approved plans Government, worker and employer representatives of the ILO Governing Body approved plans for an international tripartite meeting to be held next year to discuss proposed amendments regarding shipowner liability and abandonment of seafarers.Government, worker and employer representatives of the ILO Governing Body have overwhelmingly welcomed the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), and approved plans for an international tripartite meeting to be held next year to discuss proposed amendments regarding shipowner liability and abandonment of seafarers.The Special Tripartite Committee (STC) meeting will be held on 7-11 April 2014, and will consider amendments to the MLC, 2006 since it came into force on 20 August of this year. The decision was made during a discussion of the MLC, 2006 at the ILO's Governing Body, which concluded its work on 31 October.The STC is to consider changes to the Code of the MLC, 2006 to address liability of shipowners with respect to compensation for claims for death, personal injury and abandonment of seafarers. The discussion will be based on principles proposed by a tripartite ILO/IMO working group that has held extensive discussions on the issues over a number of years.ILO ...

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Case of Filipino seafarers abandoned in Spain brought to ILO

The 12 Filipino seamen were not paid their on-board salari The Department of Labor and Employment has brought to the International Labor Organization its complaint against the Greek owners of a ship for abandonment of 12 Filipino seafarers in Spain.Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Thursday said the agency has submitted to the ILO a report on the incident involving the vessel MV Nafto Cement XVI."We would like the international maritime community to know that we will not allow this kind of maltreatment among Filipino seafarers," explained Baldoz in filing a report before the ILO.The agency reports such cases to the ILO, which maintains all cases of abandonment, as part of its "reportorial requirements," added the labor executive.The Greek-owned ship was apprehended by port authorities when it docked at the Port of Valencia in Spain in April due to unpaid claims from various creditors, according to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.The 12 Filipino seamen also reported to the government that they were not paid their on-board salaries and overtime pay for eight months, including allotments to their families.Stranded for four months in Valencia, the seafarers were immediately repatriated last month after labor officials visited them at the port.Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Dubai authorities rescue the crew of abandoned oil tanker

Crew left in a desperate condition for several weeks with no potable water and no power Dubai authorities have rescued the crew of an oil tanker abandoned off the emirates coast with no electricity or water when their employer went bankrupt.The DREAM oil tanker was one of three ships which were abandoned off the coast of Dubai when the firms owners, SAMHO Shipping, filed for bankruptcy.Crew on the Korean tanker were left in a desperate condition for several weeks with no potable water and no power for refrigeration of food, cooking, communications, or navigation, Dubai authorities said.Crew were also unable to communicate with onshore officials and were only able to radio for help to ships anchored nearby.In a mission coordinated by Dubai Port Police and Dubai Maritime City Authority, crew were rescued from the ship and brought ashore for medical attention.The crew were already in an adverse condition with a few reporting weight loss, and dizziness, we had to act swiftly for them to be brought ashore and cared for in line with Dubais safety and territorial regulations, said Khalid Meftah, director of maritime corporate development at DMCA.The DMCA confirmed it had been in contact with the ships owner, who ...

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The crew of Samho Crown finally released after 4 months at sea

Dubai intervened after e-mail from the vessel seeking for urgent help The 11-strong Indian crew aboard Samho Crown, an oil tanker stranded in Dubai waters for nearly four months, has finally heard the word of support from the Indian mission here.The Indian Consulate in Dubai intervened after one of the Indian officers on the vessel sent an e-mail seeking urgent help from the mission to release the remaining crew aboard, more than a month after their plight started getting highlighted in the media.The ship has been anchored some 15 nautical miles away from Port Rashid since January 28 after its Korean company Samho Shipping ran into rough weather following piracy attacks involving enormous ransoms on two of its ships.Of the 28 officers and crew aboard Samho Crown, which has been stranded here along with Samho Dream another supertanker belonging to the same company 21 were Indians. However, 10 of them and one citizen each of Bangladesh, Georgia and Pakistan, whose contracts had ended, were allowed to sign off after the company managed to pay their salaries for February and March during the last week of April.Since the condition of the rest of the crew remained the same without salary and ...

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Captain and crew of a casino boat are owed $28,000 in wages

They cannot leave Bermuda until they get paid The captain and crew of a disused casino boat claim they are owed more than $28,000 in wages and say they cannot leave Bermuda until they are paid. The Niobe Corinthian, a floating offshore casino whose operators had hoped to exploit loopholes in Bermudas anti-gambling laws, has been tethered to the dock in St Davids for more than three years.But a skipper and two-man crew have remained employed to live on board and maintain the boat.The men have not been paid in full since September and say they have received no wages since January.The boat is sinking in debt and facing possible seizure and sale by the Bermuda Government.Their employers say they cannot afford to pay the men until a sale goes through or it becomes operational.The Honduran crew say they need the money now to pay urgent expenses back home.The Bermuda Industrial Union (BIU) has taken up their cause and is demanding that they are paid at least 50 per cent of the wages now and the balance within 60 days.Louis Somner of the BIU said the boats operators have a duty to immediately pay the men, who have urgent financial ...

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