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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

International Labour Organisation News

Clyde Marine Recruitment Achieves MLC Accreditation

Clyde Marine Recruitment is the first UK manning office to be approved by Lloyds Register for provision of manpower to ship owners, ship managers and ship operators incorporating the requirements of the International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006) as applicable to recruitment and placements.  This accreditation replaces the former ASMO (Approved Seafarer Manning Office) which Clyde Marine were also first to achieve in the UK.  

Port of Antwerp wins “Port of the Year” Award

International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). award on behalf of Antwerp Port Authority at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva. recognition of the efforts made on a daily basis by the Antwerp port community on behalf of the many seafarers. port of and for people. presentation. skin colour, language or religious conviction. In fact there have been seamen’s missions in Antwerp from as early as 1870. computers, wifi and sports facilities so that they can relax and keep in touch while they are away from home. Hotel opened with budget-friendly accommodation for seafarers. welfare of seafarers. The port of Antwerp is particularly pleased with this second Welfare Award. international logistics chains that bind our city and port to the rest of the world.

Nigeria Latest to Ratify MLC

Nigerian MLC Press Conference: Photo credit Nigeria Govt.

The Minister of Labour & Productivity, begins the process of ratifying the International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC2006). During the session, the Minister, Emeka Wogu commented that the step is another milestone aimed at generating and sustaining industrial peace and harmony which is pivotal for the attainment of the Transformation Agenda of the present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. He stated, “This meeting marks for us another…

InterManager Welcomes New MLC Amendment

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InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, says it has welcomed the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva last week, will 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.

ETC Expands Its Training Network Again

ETC, the MSG MarineServe GmbH-operated ECDIS Training Consortium, announced a further expansion of its ECDIS training network through an agreement with STET Maritime in Singapore to act as its local partner. MSG will provide its well-established ECDIS training courseware, ECDIS training systems and approved Train-the-Trainer courses. In addition, MSG will provide 24/7 certificate authentication and trainee database services for reference by its Partners, Customers, Port State Control and other concerned authorities. STET Maritime will deliver the training, which is configured on a single, comprehensive, training structure and methodology in order to guarantee the quality and consistency of the training. STET Maritime Pte Ltd.

Seafarer's Congress Warned MLC Could be a 'Paper Tiger'

Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, of the International Labour Organisation doubted effectiveness of Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. Delegates at Apostleship of the Sea's 23rd international congress in the Vatican were told that the MLC 2006 was simply a tool that had to be used wisely. "But if not used or improperly used may be of little consequence - the so called 'paper tiger'; or it may even cause harm, if only because it is then very difficult to mobilize the political will to replace an international instrument. The MLC, 2006, which will enter into force in August 2013, has so far been ratified by countries responsible for about 60 per cent of world shipping.

EC Measures to Improve Conditions for Seafarers

Image: Twitter Page for News and information from the European Commission.

The European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal for a Directive which aims at improving the working conditions of seafarers on board EU-flagged vessels. The proposal transposes an agreement between social partners in the maritime transport sector into EU law. This agreement in turn takes account of changes to the Maritime Labour Convention, which the Members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted in 2014. Seafarers will in the future be better protected against abandonment by shipowners.

European Commission Proposal for an "Erika III" Package

On October 29, the current European Commission, which according to schedule will be replaced by a new team from the end of next year, presented its final work programme. Of particular interest to tanker owners is that for 2004 the Commission confirmed its intention to present a proposal for an "Erika III" package on maritime safety before May 2004. 3) Regulation on the compliance with IMO flag State rules: the aim of this proposal will be to ensure that flag state rules are applied by all flag States in the enlarged EU. 5) Directive on Maritime Accident Investigation: this proposal will establish a legal framework for inquiries following accidents.

Shipping’s Recovery May Not Lift Seafarer Wage Costs

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

Despite a recovery in cargo shipping markets, ship manning costs will remain suppressed as shipowners and operators continue to be financially challenged and the officer shortfall recedes, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The lack of confidence in the industry has seen wage increases almost at a standstill since 2009, and over the past year average officer rates have slid into reverse. While there remains an overall shortfall in officer numbers…

EMSP Welcomes EC Directive on Seafarers

Photo:  European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

The European Maritime Social Partners (EMSP) warmly welcome the European Commission’s adoption of their proposal to update their Agreement on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC). The ILO MLC amendments entered into force on 18 January 2017 and require shipowners to provide financial security to ensure the repatriation of seafarers and the payment of contractual claims from seafarers or their dependants in respect of death in service or long-term disability.

North Sea OSVs Liable to Detention if MLC Non-compliant

An OSV: Photo credit Vard

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), an international agreement which safeguards the employment rights, working conditions and health care of seafarers, came into force in the UK on 7 August. Shipping and maritime law expert Katie Williams of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that although most UK operators were already compliant, vessels operating or passing through UK waters under other national flags could now be at risk of enforcement action. "The Maritime Labour Convention consolidates what has been in place in the UK for some years…

Lloyd's Statutory Alert:

12 months until the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 comes into force. On 20 August, 2012, the Philippines ratified the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006. Thirty members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), with a total share in the world gross tonnage of ships of more than 33 per cent, have now ratified the Convention. This means that the Convention will come into force on 20 August, 2013. • of 500 gt or over, flying the flag of a member and operating from a port, or between ports, in another country.

Seafarers’ Center Grand Reopening

On May 17, 2011, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) hosts the Grand Reopening of its International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark, NJ. SCI undertook a major renovation of the Center, completing construction late last year, to establish a first-rate facility for the global shipping industry working in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the East Coast’s largest port. “The welfare of international trade in the Port of New York and New Jersey hinges on this Center,” says the Rev. David M. Rider, President & Executive Director of SCI.

INTERTANKO: Progress on Ship Recycling

INTERTANKO welcomes the IMO Assembly’s decision to develop mandatory measures on ship recycling. We will continue to provide support and guidance (from our members as well as from our secretariat) to the IMO during the development of the legally binding instrument, as we have done to MEPC 53 during the development of the Industry Code of Practice on Ship Recycling and the IMO’s Guidelines on Ship Recycling. As part of the ongoing effort to alleviate through international regulation the current environmental and worker health and safety problems at ship recycling facilities, INTERTANKO’s members will be able to offer feedback based on practical, hands-on experience gained by the actual implementation of these Guidelines and the Code of Practice.

Seafarers’ Legislation Faces Year-Long Ratification Delay

Full ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) which will have far reaching implications for the whole shipping industry, including commercial yachts, is now likely to be delayed by a year until April 2012. “Although the required gross tonnage figure has been reached there is, however, some doubt as to whether the necessary number of countries will be achieved by the end of this year,” said John Wade, technical services manager with Isle of Man-based Dominion Marine. His prediction comes after attending the Global Superyacht Forum 2010 in Amsterdam which saw delegates from the leading brokerage houses and major shipyards taking part in the industry’s largest and most valuable conference event.

Greece Mulls Ports Sale to Reach Deal with EU/IMF Lenders

Greece's government is considering selling stakes in its two largest ports as a concession to reach an agreement with its lenders and unlock bailout funds, a government official said on Wednesday. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's new leftist government had sought to cancel significant terms of Athens' bailout programme, calling it a "crime" to sell off strategic national assets. But hard-pressed for cash and with its euro zone partners and the International Monetary Fund demanding policy concessions before they agree to release remaining bailout aid, the government has softened its stance. "The negotiating team wants a deal with lenders and we are willing to sell Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports, 51 percent stakes," a government official told reporters.

'The Seafarers' Charter': P&I Clubs Clarify Financial Obligations

Entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) Circular 10/13: International Group P&I clubs clarify financial aspects. Members are referred to the previous circular issued in March this year on the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). The imminent entry into force of the MLC has brought the Convention and its requirements on shipowners into focus and in particular the financial security requirements established in the Convention. By way of clarification and for Members’ guidance, the financial security requirements on shipowners set out below will become effective with the entry into force of the MLC on 20 August 2013.

ILO Body Updates Minimum Wage for Seafarers

A Sub-Committee of the Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) today agreed to extend the validity of the current ILO minimum monthly wage for seafarers of US$465 to 31 December 2004. That figure became applicable on 1 January 2003. It also agreed to increase this minimum wage to US$500 effective 1 January 2005. The mechanism for setting the minimum wage for able seafarers is provided for by the ILO Seafarers' Wages, Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships Recommendation, 1996 (No. 187). The ILO minimum wage takes into consideration a formula which reflects changes in consumer prices and exchange rates against the US dollar in 49 maritime countries and areas. The application of Recommendation No.

Seatrans AS Increases Safeguards

Photo Courtesy of Seatrans

Concateno, a European chemical, drug and alcohol testing provider, has been selected by Norwegian shipping company, Seatrans AS, to monitor the potential exposure of its seafaring crew to benzene. Concateno provides a unique service for monitoring personnel for benzene, and its maritime test service was runner up in the Safety at Sea Seatrade Awards last year. Appointed by Seatrans, Concateno will establish and implement an effective program to test and monitor benzene levels among crew members and assess the risk of exposure onboard Seatrans vessels.

Lloyd's Register Alert: Heightened Attention to Specific Survey Items

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is fully committed to maintaining the quality of its classed fleet. Our surveyors have been working closely with owners and operators to help them better prepare ships for inspections by port state control (PSC), with the aim of reducing the number of deficiencies and detentions. This approach has been successful, as demonstrated by the latest Paris MOU figures for classification societies which show LR moving up to 3rd position overall. LR continues to review…

EMSA Launches RuleCheck Port State Control System

inspections in ports to be undertaken more efficiently and effectively. related ship inspections have become more and more complex. different rules that apply to a selected ship at the time of an inspection. Shipping (KRS). Executive Director Willem de Ruiter. are applied properly in carrying out their work. more efficient and effective way in the future. Conventions have been getting more and more complex over time. varying dates of implementation and; they often do not apply to all ship types. complicated in the future. improve the situation. EU and surrounding countries) agreed on the need for a simplified system. provide a link to the instruction issued by the Paris MOU. the whole port state control regime. relating to port state control. deliver the RuleCheck system. possible.

ICS Stresses Importance of Treaty Ratification

Governments must not impede the smooth operation of a global maritime regulatory regime by failing to ratify and implement crucial maritime conventions, warns the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). parts of the voyage, advises ICS - the principal international trade association for shipowners, representing 80% of the world merchant fleet. ICS and its sister organisation, the International Shipping Federation (ISF), have produced a campaign brochure (launched this week - attached) which reiterates the importance of maritime treaty ratification and which is intended to help member national shipowner associations lobby their governments to support the global regulatory system that shipping requires. "A global industry requires global rules." said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe.

Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations

Photo: Transport Canada

Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities. To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north, Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada's domestic legislation.

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