International Labor Organization News

30 May 2019

ICS Launches Definitive Guidelines on MLC Convention

Natalie Shaw (Photo: ICS)

Responding to changing regulations the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched of the third edition of its essential Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labor Convention, the only fully up to date guide to the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) for all involved with the employment of seafarers.Focused on today’s MLC, the publication covers all amendments made to the Convention since it entered into force in 2013. It also contains practical advice, information and key learnings from industry bodies at the heart of the shipping community.Natalie Shaw…

15 Apr 2019

BMA Appoints Hutchinson as MD, CEO

Captain Dwain E. Hutchinson (Photo: BMA)

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) announces the appointment of Captain Dwain E. Hutchinson as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Captain Hutchinson succeeds Commodore Davy F. Rolle, who stepped down as Director last year.Captain Hutchinson is a proud Bahamian from Nassau, New Providence island, where he completed his tertiary education before commencing his maritime studies in Scotland at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies. Qualified with a UK Master Mariner (Unlimited) STCW Certificate of Competency…

06 Nov 2018

Pew Charitable Trust Joins IMO to Tackle Fishing Safety

Pic: Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Commercial fishing is one of the world's most dangerous professions yet the internationally-binding instrument which specifically addresses fishing vessel safety, the Cape Town Agreement, is not yet in force – because it needs more countries to ratify it.That's why International Maritime Organization (IMO)  has teamed up with the Pew Charitable Trust, an NGO, to organise a series of seminars for government officials and industry representatives in key developing countries, to…

15 Aug 2017

Voices: Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University (Photo: World Maritime University)

To say that Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry is passionate about all matters surrounding maritime and seafarers is a bit of an understatement. Prior to taking the helm as president of the World Maritime University (WMU) two years ago, she served as the Director of the International Labor Standards Department of the International Labor Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for developing the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was at WMU…

08 Oct 2016

MOL Group Develops Onboard Labor Management Software

Image: "WRH5" operation screen

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd has announced that its group's core dry-cargo ship management company, MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. has jointly developed with maritime software developer Spectral Technologies, Inc. a new onboard management software program called "WRH5" used to manage crews' work and rest hours. MOLSHIP will introduce "WRH5" on its managed vessels. In addition, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai  issued a statement of fact that "WRH5"'s support functions are in conformity with international labor regulations. - Conformity with MLC2006 and the Japanese Mariners Law.

07 Oct 2016

MOL Group Develops Onboard Labor Management Software

“WRH5” operation screen

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that its group’s core dry-cargo ship management company, MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. (MOLSHIP; President: Toshikazu Inaoka; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) has jointly developed with maritime software developer Spectral Technologies, Inc. (President and CEO: Kjell B. Sundberg; Headquarters: Manila, Republic of the Philippines) a new onboard management software program called “WRH5” used to manage crews’ work and rest hours. MOLSHIP will introduce “WRH5” on its managed vessels.

09 Feb 2016

Noncompliant Cargo Ship Banned from Australia

The 86-meter general cargo ship Noah Satu has been prohibited from entering or using any Australian ports for the second time in less than 12 months, following another round of safety, environmental and regulatory infractions. The direction was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on February 4 and will remain in effect for 12 months. Noah Satu (IMO9313620), owned by PT Anugerah Samudra Indomakur and on charter to Orica Singapore, has been detained by AMSA five times since August 2013 for deficiencies related to its equipment, its operations, its safety management system and noncompliance with the Maritime Labor Convention.

22 Sep 2015

Unsafe Ship Banned from Australian Ports

An Indonesian flagged general cargo ship has been banned from entering or using any port in Australia for three months. The vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has been issued with a direction not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months after being detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) four times since August 2013. The ban will remain in place until December 16, 2015. The most recent detention was on September 14, 2015 at Port Alma, Queensland. Noah Satu is owned by PT Anugerah Samudra Indomakur and operated by PT Adnyana, both based in Indonesia. AMSA said its inspections identified deficiencies in relation to Noah Satu that included incorrect navigational charts…

27 Mar 2015

Turkey Maritime Sector Alive & Kicking

A cruise liner docked at the Port of Istanbul

Located on the periphery of two great continents, Turkey has benefitted from being in a favored position right at the center of an assertive and fast growing economic area. This geographical location finds Turkey in a very favorable position. Despite the general economic recession, the country’s shipping ports and shipbuilding sectors have faced challenges resolutely and expanded consistently. With a coastline of approximately 8,483 km, (1,067 km of which are island shores) Turkey is situated to the southeast of Europe…

09 Mar 2015

UN Agencies to Deliver as One on Mixed Migration by Sea

Photo: IMO

Several United Nations (UN) agencies have agreed to establish a mechanism to enhance existing inter-agency communication with respect to the maritime aspects of mixed migration by sea. Agencies concerned about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea met in London last week (March 4-5) at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Building on the Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century…

09 Feb 2015

Bangladesh Ship Recycling Project Begins

Photo: IMO

An agreement between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has been signed for the parties to collaboratively improve safety and environmental standards in the country’s ship-recycling industry. A Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the cooperation between the two was signed by Nicolaos Charalambous, Director, Technical Cooperation Division, IMO and Md. Ashadul Islam, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Bangladesh, on April 10, 2014.

26 Jan 2015

Metcalf to Succeed Cox at CSA Helm

Kathy Metcalf (Photo: CSA)

Kathy J. Metcalf will assume the role of president and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA), succeeding Joseph J. Cox, who will retire on May 31, 2015, though will continue to assist the organization on various issues in an advisory capacity. Captain Bruce Fernie, chairman of the CSA board, said“[Metcalf] has been with CSA for 17+ years and brings a solid background of seagoing service and shore responsibilities with shipping companies that will continue to serve us well.” Metcalf is currently CSA’s director of marine affairs.

14 Jan 2015

Dr. Doumbia-Henry Named WMU President

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (Photo: IMO)

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry has been appointed president to head the World Maritime University (WMU), as announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and university. Dr. Doumbia-Henry will be the seventh WMU president and will be the first female in the role. Dr. Doumbia-Henry, who has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality, is currently director of the International Labor Standards Department, of the International Labor Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO). She is expected to assume office as WMU President, in Malmö, Sweden, in July.

09 Jan 2015

SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training

The Simulator at the Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.

On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial boat out on a new era of maritime education. In prior months, SCI had installed new simulators and renovated the hospitality areas at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The official dedication…

10 Nov 2014

Cotton, Cox, Harris Receive '14 AOTOS Awards

From left: Frederick Harris, Joseph Cox and Stephen Cotton

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2014 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) were presented to Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF); Joseph J. Cox, President/CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America; and Frederick J. Harris, President of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works, an American shipbuilder. The maritime industry's most prestigious awards were presented at a gala industry dinner and dance held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, on November 7, 2014.

25 Apr 2014

BASS Launches New Fleet Management System

Per Steinar Upsaker,  Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

BASS introduced the BASSnet 2.9 Fleet Management System during the recent Asia Pacific Maritime event in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. BASSnet 2.9 now features new modules such as Environmental Management, Port Forms Management and Excel Forms Management. In the era where messaging tools are increasing in popularity, the 2.9 release also features the ‘My Discussions’ feature which allows Users to a create topics of discussions in a ‘chat room’ style environment in relation to specific records in the System.

11 Apr 2014

MLC Amendments Address Abandonments, Claims

Governments, maritime employer representatives coordinated by the International Shipping Federation (ISF) and their counterparts from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met this week at the International Labor Organization in Geneva for the first meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) established under the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). During the meeting, an agreement was reached for amendments to the Convention to ensure the provision of financial security systems to assist seafarers in the event of their abandonment and for compensation for seafarers’ contractual claims for death and personal injury.

11 Apr 2014

IMO, Bangladesh Target Improved Ship-recycling Standards

Photo: IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh have signed a landmark agreement to work together to improve safety and environmental standards in the country’s ship-recycling industry. A Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the cooperation between the two was signed by Nicolaos Charalambous, Director, Technical Cooperation Division, IMO and Md. Ashadul Islam, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Bangladesh, on April 10 2014.

25 Mar 2014

BASS Launches Fleet Management System

BASSnet

BASS, a global provider of fleet management software for ship owners and ship managers as well as operators of rigs and floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs) and offshore units, introduced the BASSnet 2.9 Fleet Management System during the 13th edition of the Asia Pacific Maritime event in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. In its latest offering, BASSnet 2.9 now features new modules such as environmental management, port forms management and Excel forms management.

29 Aug 2013

DNV Support MLC Enforcement

Photo: DNV

DNV is supporting shipowners and operators through the initial enforcement phase of the Maritime Labor Convention with a range of services and advise that the major port state control bodies will go beyond International Labor Organization Resolution XVII recommendations to initially just concentrate on passenger ships and bulk carriers. “Paris MoU enforcement will be applied to all ship types, and those considered high risk will be the target of inspections,” said Georg Smefjell, DNV Head of Section.

17 Sep 2013

ICS Meets in London

ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka taking part in the shipping round table meeting at Downing Street with UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The meeting took place the day before the ICS Board Meeting in London during London International Shipping Week.

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) representing national shipowners’ associations from the Americas, Asia and Europe met in London last week. Issues discussed included: the development by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of a global mechanism for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions; the entry into force of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC); and ICS’s response…

29 Oct 2013

ICS Launches Web-based MLC Resource

Natalie Shaw

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) debuted a new web-based information resource to assist shipping companies to implement the International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC). The ILO MLC entered into force worldwide in August although, in practice for many ships, full certification including the preparation of Documents of Maritime Labor Compliance on board individual vessels is not required until August next year. ICS, operating as the International Shipping Federation (ISF)…

28 Feb 2014

Minimum Wage Increase for the Able Seafarer

Maritime Employer representatives, coordinated by the International Shipping Federation (ISF), met with International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) counterparts this week at the International Labor Organization to review the ILO recommended minimum wage for the Able Seafarer. It was agreed that from January 1, 2015, the ILO minimum monthly basic wage for an AB is increased to $592 (USD) and from January 1, 2016, the basic wage is increased to $614. ISF spokesperson Arthur Bowring led the Shipowner Group in the discussions held on February 26 and 27, 2014 in Geneva. In his opening statement, Bowring reflected that the current figure of $585 came into effect on December 31…

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