Tag Archives: ILO

Art and thoughts of abandoned crews

The International Labor Organization’s (ILO) database of abandoned crews makes for some interesting reading. However, it paints a rather incomplete picture. What hardships and anguish do mariners suffer when they are left by shipowners to fend for themselves, unpaid and often without provisions? I hope the following works of art, together with my ruminations on the subject, will give readers […]

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Abandoned crews: all’s well that ends well?

The press release issued by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) last 13th of March was understandably jubilant: 17 crew members of the Panama-flagged Sea Honest had all finally returned home. The Indian and Turkish seamen were abandoned in Algeria, unpaid and without provisions, in July 2016. The nightmare is over. Justice has been done, according to the ITF. I […]

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MLC 2006: practicality or leniency

It’s been two weeks since ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 went into force. Yet, everything is quiet on the MLC 2006 front. No flurry of Port State Control inspections. And no news of ships being detained for not adhering to the so-called ‘seafarers’ bill of rights’. But how could it be otherwise? Although nobody is calling it as such, the […]

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Tough tweets on seafarers’ ‘bill of rights’

So much has been written about ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 – the so-called ‘bill of rights’ for seafarers – that maritime folks must be exhausted by now. Still, we couldn’t help but tweet about MLC 2006 in the runup to its enforcement date on Tuesday, the 20th of August. The best thing about Twitter is its 140-character cap on […]

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