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Canada provides marine training for underrepresented groups

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada, announced that the country is providing funding over three years to the British Columbia Institute of Technology to deliver a program to increase access to marine training courses for women, Northerners, Inuit and Indigenous people through the Oceans Protection Plan. BCIT and Camosun will also cooperate with various industry partners, marine employers, and Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Gender pay gap continues to be an issue

HR Consulting from Spinnaker Global gathered a group of maritime HR professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities on gender diversity within this unique industry. Using their 2018 Maritime HR Association salary survey data, HR Consulting provided an overview of the gender pay gap within UK shore-based maritime.

Unions from Latin America launch new network in favour of seafarers

Unions from Latin America partnered to provide help and solidarity to seafarers in distress in Central and South American ports. The meeting in Cartagena culminated with the launch of the ITF Latin American Contact Network, extending the ITF’s commitment to providing support to seafarers in the region.

Iceland, Ethiopia ratify MLC 2006

Iceland and Ethiopia have become the latest member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC 2006), which sets out minimum international working and living conditions for seafarers on board ships. The MLC will enter into force for the latest signatories in 2020, one year after its ratification. 

Sailor’s society launches ‘Not on my watch’ campaign

Maritime charity Sailors’ Society is petitioning the International Labour Organization (ILO) to make wellness training for seafarers mandatory in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). The petition is an important part of the charity’s Not On My Watch campaign to combat suicide and depression at sea. 

ITF, Croatia to protect working conditions for seafarers

During a mission to Croatia, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton met with the Croatian Ship Manning Association and the Mare Nostrum Shipowner Association, along with ITF’s affiliate Seafarers Union of Croatia, to discuss how to protect working conditions for the country’s seafarers. Mario Zorovic, managing director of CROSMA, said that it employs 8,000 seafarers, with Croatia following all major conventions and regulations.

ITF to inspect German company for alleged seafarer rights issues

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) informed that it initiated a targeted operation against German shipping company Johann M. K. Blumenthal, claiming that the company has refused to recognise seafarers’ welfare and rights. This operation aims to make sure that the company’s crews are paid properly, are adequately fed and that all of their rights are being granted.

EU votes on improving recognition of seafarers maritime education and certification systems

The European Parliament voted on April 4 regarding the revision of Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training for seafarers. The revision gives emphasis on the level of transparency that should prevail in processing demands for the recognition of seafarers’ certificates of new third countries. Such a recognition will now stop to be automatic, as the decision to launch this process will have to be taken by the Commission by means of an implementing decision and on grounds of several criteria.

HRAS launches ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’

The first version of the inaugural ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’ is published by Human Rights at Sea after the initial drafting session was held in Switzerland on 20-21 March 2019 at the Graduate Instiute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Seafarers’ access to maritime facilities final rule published

US Coast Guard published the Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities Final Rule in the Federal Register on April 1, 2019, informing owners and operators of Maritime Transportation Security Act-regulated facilities that they are required to provide seafarers, holding valid US visas and other covered individuals, with the ability to transit through the facility in a timely manner and at no cost to the individuals.


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