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Paddy Crumlin calls for protests after witnessing numerous casualties championing for safety ITF’s president, Paddy Crumlin urged collective efforts to defend fundamental human rights. “The ITF and its 20 million transport workers call on governments, employers and civil societies to respect our rights, end the persecution of trade unionists and protect our freedoms,” he asserted. Undeserved casualties Quoting a few ...

Different opinions about seafarers’ minimum wage remain unresolved The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) crossed swords with shipowners and unions over seafarers’ minimum wages, with fruitless results. All parties refused to back down on their conditions. Hard bargains from both sides During the two-day discussion conducted at the International Labour Organisation, the ITF sought a daily $1.40 wage increase from ...

Numerous reports of lost cargoes at sea are badly affecting the world supply chains, especially the retailers and manufacturers such as Amazon and Tesla. A wide array of reasons from bad weather and heavily stacked carriers are subjecting shipments to risks. However, the glaring situation of the exhausted crew remains neglected. Urgencies resulting in emergencies Pandemic-induced lockdowns and travel restrictions ...

Seafarers feel shore leave is a thing of the past In 2021’s Q1 report, findings from the Seafarers Happiness Index revealed shore leave score dropped to 5.25 compared to 5.53 in Q4 2020. Some seafarers were cynical about the idea especially when the vessel is shorthanded. What used to be a fundamental part of a seafarer’s life became pointless. In ...

Attracting the right talent for the maritime workforce may prove difficult if leadership is not ready to adopt new mindsets The recent Singapore Maritime Week 2021 concluded with a forum about effective workforce transformation. The forum panel comprised Nakul Malhotra from Wilhelmsen Ship Service, Melissa Kee from Kuok Singapore and Thomas Knudsen from Toll Group. Leverage technology and people Panel ...

UK-based shipbroker Gibson expects the Johan Sverdrup’s operation to propel tankers’ demand In their latest market report, Gibson observes the UK’s struggle in accustoming itself to post COVID-19; and expects the drastic change in daily functioning, operations and lifestyles to cause a sharp decline in oil demand. Oil demand to reset Gibson remarked, “We anticipate the demand for oil will ...

ITF representatives confirmed Ever Given’s crew are in good spirits To date, the Ever Given and her crew remain at Suez Canal’s Great Bitter Lake till investigations conclude and a monetary settlement is reached. ITF’s representatives took the liberty to conduct a health and welfare check of the vessel’s crew. In good spirits and timely paid ITF’s checks revealed the ...

All that could be said (to date) about the Ever Given crew is “relaxed but apprehensive” The world is waiting to conclude involving the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), shipowner Shoei Kisen Kaisha, ship operator Evergreen Marine Corp, and UK’s P&I Club. The biggest wrench was the Club’s questioning about SCA’s claim of over $900 million. No payment has been made ...

The UK Border force granted exemption for the captain and shipmaster to return to the UK Singapore-based Thome Ship Management reached out to the ITF for a crew change intervention involving an exhausted captain onboard a tanker. He is said to have been onboard for more than two months after his contract expiry. Successful crew change after ITF’s intercession Marshall ...

Key negotiations involving wages and conditions for seafarers postponed again Unions and employers, the parties in the IBF, originally scheduled to meet in 2020 to agree uplifting seafarer wages for 2021-2022. The meeting was initially scheduled for March 2020, but the onset of the COVID-19 led to an agreed deferment of the talks until July 2020. International Transport Workers’ Federation ...