Pan-industry group SOS SaveOurSeafarers has expressed disappointed that seafarers were not mentioned at Thursday's London Conference on Somalia.The London Conference on Somalia was attended by 55 delegations from Somalia and the international community.Its focus was on unifying the international community in its co-ordinated support to Somalia, in the hope that a new era of Somali politics, supported by the international community, will bring peace to Somalia.
The ITF's East Asia week of action, 6-10 February, has led to the signing of new ITF agreements covering crews working on flag of convenience (FOC) vessels.The action by the ITF and maritime unions took place in Japan, South Korea, Russia and Taiwan.ITF Japan coordinator Fusao Ohori explained that the campaign focused on: "the safety condition of lifesaving appliances, cargo work equipment, the working terms and conditions of the crew, and applying ITF acceptable agreements for FOC vessels."
The ITF’s offshore task force group will call on the UK government to look into the suspected exploitation of Romanian rig workers in the UK port of Hartlepool.It is understood that the 48 workers, contracted by a Romanian company Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) to work on its offshore rig GSP Britannia, berthed in Hartlepool, are complaining that they have not been paid since October 2011.
ITF-affiliated trade unions in Denmark, Norway and the UK – backed by partner unions from around the world – have launched a campaign against "social dumping" in the North Sea oil and gas industry.The campaign, launched in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 7 February with a wreath-laying ceremony at the seafarers' memorial, raises concern about the increasing number of flag of convenience and so-called “national” registered vessels operating regularly in the North Sea.
Shipping companies which traditionally employ Chinese seafarers are increasingly turning to India to get their vessels manned. The latest to join the bandwagon is Europe’s leading shipping group - Investment Group Denmark A/S. Some of the group’s head honchos are in India looking for agents who could assist in manning their vessels with Indian seafarers. These include ID Wallem Shipmanagement Limited, I. D. Maritime Singapore and Investerings Gruppen Danmark.
Major advances in the scientific understanding of the way in which watchkeeping patterns can affect the sleepiness levels of ships’ officers have been claimed in a new report, following a major research project.‘Project Horizon’ was an 11-partner European, 32-month research study, part funded by the EU, that brought academic institutions and shipping industry organisations together, with specialist input from some world-leading transport and stress research experts.
The ITF has demanded that a trade unionist in Malaysia, who was suspended for his participation in the ITF’s south-east Asia flag of convenience (FOC) campaign week of action earlier this month, be reinstated.Megat Zamri Megat Abdul Aziz, president of the West Ports Staff Union, established to represent workers at West Ports in Klang, Malaysia, took part in the action on FOC vessels from 9-13 January. He joined volunteers from port and seafarer unions across Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.