Human rights at sea gains significant attention of the maritime community. Due to its diversified identity, shipping constitutes a friendly field for human rights abuses, with human trafficking, illegal migration, slavery and abuse in fishing sector and even the unsafe working conditions in many Southeast Asian ship recycling facilities being among the key areas of concern.
ICS and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have released new ‘Guidelines for implementing the Welfare aspects of the Maritime Labour Convention. MLC 2006 aims to ensure worldwide protection and enforcement of the rights of seafarers and to provide decent working and living conditions for seafarers.
The Kenyan government is looking to create a wage standard as well as regulations to protect Kenyan seafarers from exploitation by the international companies. Namely, Kenya will establish regulations for minimum wages to improve employment conditions.
Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator published a notice to ensure shipboard occupational health and safety programs. It also presents work restrictions that are considered as hazardous for seafarers under 18 years, according to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.
The International Group has recently published some revised FAQs on the Maritime Labour Convention (2006). The FAQs provide operators with guidance and information on the Convention, the important 2014 Amendments and how the Clubs’ certification operates.
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 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.
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.
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.
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