IMO Endorses Shipping Industry's 12-step Plan for Crew Changes
The need for ships to change crews and for the world's 1.2 million seafarers to be able to fly home at the end of their periods of service have emerged as two of the biggest challenges facing the shipping industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.To help governments put in place coordinated procedures to facilitate the safe movement of seafarers, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a 12-step plan to 174 member states, providing them with a roadmap to free…
Shipping Industry Urges Free Movement of Crews to Keep Trade Moving
Ships must be allowed to change over overworked and exhausted crews to help to keep trade flowing as coronavirus lockdowns shut many transit points across the globe, shipping industry officials said on Tuesday.About 90% of world trade is transported by sea but a deepening lockdown in many countries and suspended air travel have disrupted supply chains, especially for ship owners who rely on the free movement of crews to keep ships moving.The International Chamber of Shipping association (ICS)…
ITF Warns on Tug Captains Fatigue at Panama
The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) warns that a major accident on the Panama Canal could be imminent, highlighting the serious health and safety concerns related to the fatigue of tugboat captains.The new report takes the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) to task with tiredness, rather than the protocols in place for the physical transfer of vessels as was the case previously.Fatigue of Panama Canal tugboat poses a major threat to safety in the operation of the canal’s Neopanamax locks…
New Guidelines on Welfare Aspects of the ILO MLC
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have jointly released new ‘Guidelines for implementing the Welfare aspects of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC)’.Adopted by the International Labor Organization in 2006, the MLC aims to ensure comprehensive worldwide protection and enforcement of the rights of seafarers, and to establish a level playing field for ILO Member States and shipowners committed to providing decent…
Cotton, Cox, Harris Receive '14 AOTOS Awards
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.
Priorities and Challenges for Seafarers' Rights
SRI has hosted the latest in a series of initiatives to educate maritime law graduates and post graduates, and practising lawyers, on priorities and challenges around promoting and advancing the legal rights of seafarers. The seminar, held on Monday June 9, 2014 at SRI’s London offices, was attended by around 70 graduates and lawyers, and it presented a programme discussing the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), and industry perspectives on the future challenges for seafarers’ rights. Speakers from the SRI Advisory Board included Judge Thomas A.
Absence of IMO Shipping Casualty Reports a Matter of Concern
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) joins with International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) submit a complaint to IMO. The joint submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) comments on the apparent failure of some flag states to submit maritime casualty reports to IMO, which is a requirement under several international maritime conventions, including the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS). ICS and ITF hope that governments will give consideration to this important issue at the next meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee in June.
Swedish Port Stoppage Only Lasted 45-Minutes
Road haulage and port workers in Sweden secured a new three year contract after staging short-term industrial action. Members of the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union (STWU) walked out at noon on Wednesday following the breakdown of negotiations with the Swedish Road Transport Employers Association (SRTEA). But a short time later the strike was called off after the employer agreed to a new contract, one of the stipulations of which is a three step wage increase. ITF acting general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “The wage increase is great…
ITF Steps Up Support for US Port Workers' Strike
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) supports ILWU member clerical workers in Ports of Los Angeles & Long Beach. ITF ramps up its support after employers walked out of negotiations over the weekend, despite the union's offer to enter into marathon bargaining to resolve the dispute. Referring to the events of Saturday night, ITF acting general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “The ILWU wants to bargain for an agreement to reopen the ports and end the strike but apparently the employers are not committed to doing what it takes to achieve a resolution.
ITF GenSec David Cockroft to Retire
David Cockroft general secretary of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) since 1993 reaches retirement age. The announcement was made at the meeting of the ITF executive board in Copenhagen, Denmark, which also agreed to appoint Stephen Cotton, who is currently ITF maritime coordinator, as acting general secretary. David Cockroft explained: “Next year I will have been the chief executive officer of this remarkable global union federation for 20 years. “I am very happy that the board has decided to appoint Stephen Cotton to this position.