seafarer's rights

ITF calls Thai gov. to take further steps on ILO conventions 87 and 98

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) called on the Thai government to implement and enforce the ‘Work in Fishing’ Convention, and ratify ILO Conventions 87 and 98, to decrease the risks of forced labour or labour rights abuses in seafood industry supply chains in Thailand.

USCG: FAQS on Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities

The USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance has compiled frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist with the compliance of Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities regulation (33 CFR §105.237), effective from 1st May 2019.

Oceana uses tech to identify illegal fishing and human rights abuses at sea

Oceana published an investigative report showcasing the power of technology to shed light on possible illegal fishing and human rights abuses at sea. Using the Global Fishing Watch mapping platform, Oceana analyzed the activities of vessels with histories of possible illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, forced labor or human trafficking.

ITF, ITUC call seafood industry to protect workers’ rights

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) issued a joint statement to the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Bangkok. The statement is about the worker voice or welfare committee models being constructed in companies and organisations, which, according to the statement, are not an incremental step towards recognising workers’ right to organise.

HRAS launches second Flag States and Human Rights report

Human Rights at Sea collaborated with the University of Bristol Law School Human Rights Implementation Centre and launched the second report ‘An evaluation of Flag State Practice in Monitoring, Reporting and Enforcing Human Rights Obligations on Board Vessels’, as part of a continuous study into the engagement, policies and remedies affected by flag States in relation to their duties to uphold human rights at sea.

Seafarers repatriated after 13 months marooned off Tunisia

ITF reports that the 12 seafarers onboard Qaaswa have been sent home, after 13 months marooned off the Port of Sfax. They had been left abandoned off the Tunisian coast with no wages, food and fuel. The 12 crewmembers flew home to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar on May 31, with thousands of dollars in unpaid wages, with overall USD 130,952, for the eight months that they were owed.

New report reveals abuse in the fishing industry

A new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation describes cases of slavery, debt bondage, insufficient food and water, filthy living conditions, physical and sexual assault and even murder on board fishing ships from 13 countries operating across three oceans.

Seafarers’ training and certification requirements subject to the IGF Code

MPA Singapore issued a circular concerning training and certification requirements for seafarers on ships, subject to the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code). The circular applies to shipowners, ship managers, masters, chief engineer officers, marine engineer officers, deck officers and ratings of Singapore registered ships subject to the IGF code.

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