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.
wellness at sea
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.
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.
When working in hot temperatures, seafarers need to be aware of the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke, also called sun stroke, is a type of severe heat illness that results in great body temperature. In such occasions, the body loses its ability to keep a balance between the heat entering the body and the heat leaving the body.
The Mission to Seafarers has been awarded a £110k grant by Seafarers UK to support the growth and diversification of its volunteer base in the UK. The fund will be used to design and develop a new UK volunteering outreach strategy for 2019, which aims to increase the number of young people (25-45) and female volunteers within the Mission, as well as those from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
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.
In its latest ‘Training onboard’ newsletter providing health tips for seafarers, ISWAN shared two reasons why going for a short walk around the ship or out on deck after eating a heavy meal could be beneficial to crew members onboard.
ISWAN, in partnership with InterManager, ICS, ICMA and ITF, issued a new booklet, entitled ‘Arrested and Detained Vessels, and Abandoned Seafarers’, providing guidance to welfare organisations dealing with incidents of seafarers being abandoned and vessels being arrested or detained.
The International Group has recently published some further revised FAQs on the Maritime Labour Convention (2006). These FAQs reflect the experiences that Clubs have experienced in dealing with MLC matters. The entry into force of the 2014 amendments to MLC on 18 January 2017 raised a number of questions. These FAQs aim to provide help operators comply with the amendments.
UK Human Rights at Sea published a third Abandonment of Seafarers Case Study, on behalf of Indian seafarer AB Mayur Gawade. The publication follows the case study on behalf of Captain Ayyappan Swaminathan, Master of the MV Azraqmoiah and the case study concerning the abundance of the eight Indian seafarers in Walvis Bay.
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