Tag Archives: IMO

Time to resuscitate the term “seaman”

Marine Café Blog recently took the bold step of completely dropping the use of the term “seafarer” in favour of “seaman” or “seawoman”. Not many, I’m afraid, will follow suit. The International Maritime Organization has virtually buried the word “seaman” with the entire shipping industry only too happy to attend the funeral. Total Share: 11163100

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The anomaly of the Day of the Seafarer

Call me a grinch, a spoilsport. But I have never felt the urge to observe the Day of the Seafarer (25th of June). It’s not just the empty slogans and tributes from the very people who have commodified seamen that dampen my mood. I am dismayed by the mere fact that the annual celebrations are spearheaded by the International Maritime […]

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IMO in love with its own rhetoric

Detail of 1889 Italian fresco, Cicero Denounces Catiline IMO officials should slow down on the rhetoric. Speaking on 20th January 2014 at the opening of the first session of the Sub-committee on Ship Design and Construction, Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu declared: “I have my targets to eliminate piracy and reduce maritime casualty by half and I will maintain these targets this […]

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The irony in World Maritime Day 2014

With more than 50 international protocols now governing the shipping industry, the theme for World Maritime Day 2014 couldn’t have been more appropriate: “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation”. It also couldn’t have been more ironic. Seafarers are still denied free online access to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and other IMO treaties that […]

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Wherefore the Day of the Seafarer?

Eight Bells, oil on canvass by Winslow Homer, 1886 It’s been our custom to write about the Day of the Seafarer, which is every 25th of June. How could we not? Is it possible to ignore the chorus led by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as they sing paeans to the world’s mariners? And yet, we have never really joined […]

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Cold comfort on World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day 2012 will be celebrated this week (the specific date is up to individual countries) with the theme: “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”. The International Maritime Organisation has done a great job in raising the global standards for marine safety. Even so, we can’t get ourselves to join the celebration. Not only do we dread hearing […]

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Overweight containers issue festers

Last month, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) received a formal proposal from the world shipping community to require the weighing of containers. Four of the proponents – International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), World Shipping Council (WSC), International Chamber of Shipping (ISF) and BIMCO – had earlier sounded the call to IMO in December. Whilst all this is commendable, […]

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