The Filipino Supreme Court dismissed a seafarer’s claim for disability benefits under POEA, as the seafarer failed to report to the company-designated physician. The Standard Club noted this is a welcome judgement for shipowners who can take confidence from the Court’s willingness to uphold the exact terms of POEA contracts.
ETF and ECSA are extremely concerned about the recent Court decision in the Prestige case as it unexpectedly overturned the judgment by the Provincial Court of La Coruña (Galicia) which had yet cleared both the Master, Captain Apostolos Mangouras and the Chief Engineer of criminal responsibility. Also, ICS strongly criticized the court judgement during a meeting of IOPCF last week.
The Mission to Seafarers has been informed by the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio from India this week that they will not be released to leave
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