ITF and the UAE Federal Transport Authority have joined forces with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, to protect the rights of all seafarers operating in UAE waters. The signing agreement, the first of its kind between a government authority and the ITF, took place at the IMO headquarters in London.
The UAE Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime has banned all ships belonging to Venous Ship Management and Operation LLC, based in Fujairah, for not protecting seafarers’ rights, operating in the UAE waters. The Indian Consulate in Dubai had blacklisted the same company in an advisory back in July 2017.
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping reported that Indian seafarers are stranded at Dubai for last 22 months, because their companies have abandoned them. India proceeded and blacklisted these companies. India instructed the recruitment agencies that placed Indian seafarers on these vessels to withdraw Indian seafarers and repatriate them.
The eleven crew of the Panamanian flagged ‘Agean Princess’ returned home to India and Myanmar, after being held in Ajman, UAE, for 17 months, due to a dispute between their ships operator and owner. However, ITF stressed that the crew are still owed unpaid wages going back to 2015, totaling over USD 916,000.
All ships flying the UAE flag trading internationally, as well as all ships operating in UAE waters above 200 gross tons, must have a financial security system to protect seafarers against abandonment, death or injury, according to a circular published by the Federal Transport Authority.
The United Arab Emirates Federal Transport Authority and the International Transport Workers’ Federation agreed to develop a protocol to govern a closer working relationship, including increased cooperation and information exchange, in a bid to tackle abandonment cases in UAE waters.
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