Manning Agency Blacklisting Blights Seafarers
The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) writes to condemn crewing agency practice of blacklisting certain seafarers.
The text of the letter by John Green, AoS Director of Development was published in the UK Financial Times:
The report “Construction industry faces claims for compensation over blacklist” (October 19) brings to mind the blacklisting also occurring in shipping. Seafarers are usually recruited by manning agents in labour supply countries such as the Philippines and eastern Europe.
Port chaplains visiting seafarers tell of the palpable fear of being blacklisted. Conditions on ships can be tough, so working conditions will have to be pretty tough before a seafarer would even considering making a complaint.
The recent Dispatches Channel 4 programme “Cruises Undercover: The Truth Below Deck” also suggested that this may be the case also on cruise ships. Blacklisting can throw seafarers and whole dependent families unjustly into a sea of uncertainty and unemployment, affecting them for a lifetime. Investigations into blacklisting must not be restricted to construction, but be extended to include inspection of ships in UK ports. "