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ITF welcomes AMSA’s decision to ban ship over crew underpayment

AMSA announced ban of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier ‘Shandong Hai Wang’ for 12 months, over deliberate crew underpayment, on 7 July. ITF welcomed this action saying that ‘this is the kind of enforcement that seafarers deserve from all authorities’.

AMSA bans another ship over crew underpayment

AMSA announced ban of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier ‘Shandong Hai Wang’ for 12 months, over deliberate crew underpayment, on 7 July. The ship was immediately detained for breaching the Maritime Labour Convention which sets out seafarers’ rights to decent working conditions.

MLC in the PSC spotlight

Since MLC came into force in August 2013, a lot of inspections have been conducted on items related to working & living conditions of seafarers. Paris MoU and AMSA are two regions which appear to conduct thoroughly PSC inspections with respect to MLC implementation.

NIMASA Director General applauds new MLC Amendment

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside welcomed member states of the International Labour Organisation, Shipowners and representatives of seafarers, acknowledging the importance of seafarers’ welfare in the MLC 2006 amendments.

Ensuring drinking water quality on board

Potable water on ships must be obtained only from those water sources and water supplies that provide potable water and are approved by the health administration or health authority.

Asian Shipowners: Compliant fuels must be available before 2020

The Asian Shipowners’ Association held its 27th Annual General Meeting on 15th May 2018 in Hong Kong. ASA dealt with a number of issues, such as protecting seafarers, 2020 sulphur cap compliance, compliance with international conventions and trade matters. ASA also noted that the shipping industry needs to keep its free trade principles.

MLC Amendment: Abducted seafarers to be fully paid during captivity

The amendment will be submitted to the next ILO session for adoption. When it enters into force, it foresees that the seafarers’ wages and other contractual entitlements will continue to be paid during the entire period of captivity. This will provide the families with the necessary means of survival.

Seafarers abandonment at the centre of IMO Legal Committee

​The increased number of reported cases of abandonment of seafarers is being highlighted at the 105th session of IMO’s Legal Committee, currently underway, from 23 to 25 April. A joint ILO/IMO database recorded 55 such cases during 2017, against an average 19 annually during the preceding three years.

Health and safety requirements for seafarers under 18

The Republic of Marshall Islands issued a circular citing requirements for shipboard occupational health and safety programs and informing of restrictions on work that is considered hazardous to seafarers under 18 years old, in line with MLC. It is prohibited to engage a seafarer under 18 years old in work that is considered hazardous.

MSC hires-off “KIA Ora” after AMSA findings

Mediterranean Shipping Company announced that it has hired-off the vessel “Kia Ora”. MSC was the former charterer of the vessel and said that when it learned that AMSA banned the ship from Australian waters due to crew underpayment, it immediately off-hired the ship.

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