Tag Archives: ITF

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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Lifting the curse of overweight containers

Starting today, 16th September, the IMO sub–committee on dangerous goods, solid cargoes and containers is meeting to tackle the festering issue of overweight containers. On the table is a proposed amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) being pushed by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation). In brief, it would make mandatory the weighing of containers in […]

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First blood under MLC 2006 regime

We’re glad but we’re not jumping for joy. To date, two ships have been detained for breaches of ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. On 3rd September Denmark held the Liberian-registered OSV Atlantic Carrier, firing the first shot in the war on the mistreatment of seafarers. Canadian Port State Control followed suit on 6th September with the detention of the Cyprus-flagged […]

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Outcry over female cadet’s death

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is calling on the Panamanian and Mexican authorities to reveal the results of their investigations into the death of the young engineering cadet Dayra Wood Pino, 22, aboard the Panamanian flagged products tanker El Valencia – and to answer questions about her death, why her family weren’t informed about it for several days, and […]

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Letter-writing on the piracy front

Yesterday, the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) made public a very important letter dated 9th September 2011. It was written by David Heindel, Chairman of the ITF Seafarers’ Section, to the US Navy’s Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. We are reproducing Mr Heindel’s letter together with Admiral Stavridis’ reply. The communication between the two gentlemen leaves no […]

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How do seafarers communicate?

The following report from the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) should be of interest to unions as well as shipowners and manning agents: Research commissioned by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust has highlighted the need for trade unions to embrace electronic means of communication with their seafarer members. Carried out by London Metropolitan University’s Working Lives Research Institute, the project surveyed […]

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The curse of double book-keeping

Given all the hoopla over seafarers’ rights and the ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006, one would think that double book-keeping has gone out of fashion – an atavism, a practice engaged in only by desperate shipowners seeking to cut crew costs. Not so, apparently. The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) says it stumbled on what it claims was a system […]

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