UK-based union Nautilus International and Dutch shipping employers have agreed a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) giving Dutch merchant mariners an innovative framework to help them take advantage of a Netherlands’ central pension agreement on early retirement.
Following the elections in the UK, Nautilus International called the newly-elected government to ensure a strong and prosperous British maritime sector post-Brexit by supporting the core objectives set out in its manifesto.
With the much-debated IMO 2020 regulation taking effect in less than a month, Nautilus International issued a warning over a potential new wave of seafarer criminalization. The IMO’s 2020 regulation speculates that ships must run on fuel containing no more than 0.5% m/m of sulphur unless there is a scrubber installed.
Nautilus International issued the Nautilus Manifesto for the UK election 2019 for safeguarding the British maritime sector in terms of UK seafarers, British shipping, maritime safety and defense. Nautilus stresses that “if the UK is to retain a shipping industry that sustains the country’s global trading requirements and underpins the nation’s continued global lead as a maritime services center, much more needs to be done,” adding that “Britain needs ships and seafarers – perhaps more now than ever before. We live in a complex global economy and maritime trade is of fundamental importance.”
Nautilus International has welcomed a reduction in risk levels by the UK for vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Namely, on November 7 the Warlike Operations Area Committee (WOAC) agreed to downgrade the Strait of Hormuz from a High-Risk Area.
Nautilus International heard the results of the Nautilus Federation report regarding criminalisation in the shipping industry. The results show that approximately 90% of the seafarers questioned, expressed concerns about the issue, while two thirds said it impacted the way they felt about working in the profession.
With a no-deal Brexit on 31 October looking increasingly possible, Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson has urgently requested ‘detailed assurances’ from the UK government that British maritime professionals will not be significantly affected.
Effective from 2 August, the Warlike Operations Area Committee (WOAC) has agreed to temporarily designate the Strait of Hormuz as a High-Risk Area, as part of an increased danger associated with the latest developments in the region. The agreement gives seafarers the right to refuse to work onboard vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz.
After the UK-flagged ship Stena Impero, diverted from its original course in the Strait of Hormuz, the International Chamber of Shipping’s (ICS) Secretary General, Guy Platten, stated that he is extremely concerned about this latest development, particularly in respect of the safety of seafarers.
The International Transport Worker’s Federation (ITF) and Nautilus International raised concerns over the British oil tanker, Stena Impero, that was seized in the Strait of Hormuz, and proposed a diplomatic resolution to the situation and de-escalation of tensions in the region.
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