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Crew Welfare

Keep informed with the latest news, comment and analysis on the issues surrounding the safety and security of seafarers globally, highlighting the plight of the essential workers that keep shipping moving.

Seafarer dies after 30 ft fall

An investigation by the ship’s operator and flag state is underway and efforts are being made to repatriate the seafarer to his family

Casualty Safety

Basilisk crew freed after pirate boarding

A EU Navy Forces helicopter and frigate secured the vessel and its crew after the unauthorised boarding yesterday

Risk and Compliance Piracy and Security

MPV boarded off Somalia in suspected hijacking

The Liberia-flagged Basilisk was en route to Abu Dhabi from Rotterdam and came under attack just over 400 nautical miles off the Somalian coast

Containers Piracy and Security

‘Going green and getting real’: Greek shipping minister looks to strike a balance

Shipping minister Christos Stylianides has been in office less than a year but is well qualified to make progress on some of the industry’s toughest challenges

Special Report Political and Trade

Three still missing after cargoship sinks off Romania

Eight of the 11 crew were rescued by Romanian authorities and commercial vessels, but three Syrian seafarers are still missing after Mohammed- Z and Michel collided off Constanta

Casualty Safety

ITF designates Gabon and Eswatini flags of convenience

‘Maersk’s of this world’ don’t abandon seafarers themselves but are ‘complicit’ by using open registries, Crumlin charges

Sanctions Political Risk and Trade

UK Chamber of Shipping publishes wishlist for next government

The UK Chamber of Shipping wants the next government to commit to funding maritime training and review any measures likely to cause disruption at borders as a result of Brexit legislation

Brexit Sustainability

Emissions reporting driving Starlink uptake, says Seaspan

The need to automate emissions-reporting in the future has led one owner/operator to install Elon Musk’s broadband system across its fleet

Containers Technology and Innovation

Palau defends actions in Dubai tug operator abandonments

The Palau registry is defending the actions it took in the Middle East Marine LLC seafarer abandonment cases. The Dubai tug operator was accused last week by the ITF of perpetrating the ‘worst case of serial seafarer abandonment ever seen’, while Palau was called out by the union for being unresponsive

Sustainability Crewing

MLC complaints down 18% in Australia in 2023

Australia says complaints about breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention fell in 2023, which suggested seafarers trusted its regulator to take their welfare seriously. But abuses by employers continued to come to light

Sustainability Crewing

Two engineers face US prison sentences for dumping oil off Greek tanker

Two ship engineers face potential jail time in the US for violating pollution laws. The US says the two admitted oil was illegally dumped from their vessel when it was in New Jersey in 2022, and they instructed crew to cover up the act

Tankers and Gas Environment

ITF calls out Dubai tug operator for ‘worst case of serial seafarer abandonment ever seen’

Amid an alarming rise in seafarer abandonment cases, the ITF is accusing Dubai tug operator Middle East Marine of ‘systemic abuse and neglect’, with 17 abandonments reported since November 2022

Risk and Compliance Crewing