On the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer celebrated each year on 25th June, the IMO is calling on everyone in the maritime world and beyond to get onboard with this year’s theme of gender equality and declare their support.
The Mission to Seafarers announced a strategic partnership agreement with the Shipowners P&I Club, which became the 2019 Gold Sponsor for the Mission’s ongoing Seafarers Happiness Index. In its Seafarers Happiness Index figures for the first quarter of 2019, the Mission revealed high levels of pride among crews, but also ongoing issues.
Nautilus International, the union for maritime professionals at sea and ashore, announced that it is joining the European Transport Workers affiliates from across Europe to highlight the worsening wages and conditions that more than 10 million transport workers face nowadays.
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.
In her presentation at SAFETY4SEA Cyprus Conference, Mrs. Christiana Moustaki, Senior Crew Manager, Fleet Management, insisted on putting people first, at the dawn of the smart shipping revolution. She said that today, the global supply of officers is forecasted to increase steadily, but this is predicted to be outplaced by increasing demand.
UK Maritime Ministry informed that it will provide a £15 million funding boost, which will see more than 400 extra cadets will be trained in maritime roles every year. This program will double the support for young people to £30 million a year, and it will be offered through Support for Maritime Training, enabling the annual intake of cadets to rise from 750 to 1,200.
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