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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Six Indian sailors, languishing 18 mos. in marooned vessel near Scotland, finally reunited with family

From Mid-day.com:

Over 18 months after being detained at Aberdeen Port in the north east of Scotland, six Indian members of a crew were finally reunited with families, when they arrived in the city late last night. “We counted every day [that we were away]. We knew our ordeal would end someday and that we’d […]

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ITF helps five Kenyan seafarers still stranded two years after ship owner abandoned them

From The Standard:

ITF inspector Betty Makena named the sailors as Athman Mzee Hamisi, who is listed as the ship’s master, Imbuga Aggrey Diede, an electrician, Mapinga Mwalimu, Tela Hamisi Juma, who is a cook, and Yusuf Omar Ragunda, a greaser. Makena said four others Kenyans had previously joined the crew but left and […]

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ITF produces toolkit to protect seafarers from scapegoating

Excerpts from Port News:

The ITF has produced a toolkit for its seafarer unions to help them lobby governments to implement international guidelines to prevent the unfair treatment of seafarers following accidents and pollution at sea, ITF said in its press release.

The toolkit highlights cases where seafarers have been scapegoated for accidents and pollution […]

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ITF: Crew abandonment cannot be tolerated

ITF inspector Darren Proctor recounted the case of ”five Turkish crew, two Indians and two Georgians. None of them had been paid for three months, but the Indian crew had not been paid since joining in September and October 2016, and had had to pay to even get the jobs.” Photo courtesy of ITF.

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Shipping hears about plight of abandoned seafarers in Aberdeen

From Hellenic Shipping News:

Members of the maritime community, including International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Kitack Lim, heard first-hand about the plight of a group of abandoned seafarers in Aberdeen, Scotland, and how seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is supporting them.

The Indian crew from the Malaviya Seven offshore supply ship were […]

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Final El Faro investigative hearing focuses on ship safety

Testimony in the Coast Guard’s third and final investigative hearing into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro will focus on the ship’s stability and the audio contained on the vessel’s voyage data recorder.

Capt. Raymond Thompson, a former chief mate on the El Faro, testified Monday that he was not sure if life […]

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ITF calls for action on abandoned crew

”The only reason the crew hasn’t starved is because of the food and humanitarian assistance provided by the ITF, Algerian trade unions, the port authority of Algiers Port and the embassies of India and Turkey,” said ITF inspector Mohamed Arrachedi.

From Maritime Executive:

An International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector has issued a last […]

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Filipino union backs ITF for protecting seafarers against ‘cargo-unlashing’

From the Manila Bulletin:

The Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) aired support to the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) move to protect seafarers from being tasked to carry out ‘cargo-lashing’ and ‘unlashing’ work, as securing of cargo is a dangerous work if done by untrained workers.

“Cargo lashing and unlashing […]

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Stranded Hanjin crew receives load of Christmas cheer that includes pig, tree, presents

The B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association organized care packages for the crew, some of whom have been stuck on board the vessel for three and a half months after the shipping company Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl […]

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Hanjin seafarers, still stuck on bankrupt ship, to receive holiday care packages

Hanjin Scarlet crew were able to take brief shore leave in September. Photo by Seafarers Mission Prince Rupert

From CBC/Radio-Canada

Care packages and carolers are on their way to the crew of the Hanjin Scarlet, some of whom have been stuck onboard their vessel in B.C. waters for three and a half months.

The […]

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ILWU solidarity helps Hanjin seafarers defend their right to shore leave

Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.

Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.

“Sometimes we […]

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Ship docked for 3 years; sailors claim they’re unpaid

Controversy dogs the cargo ship Dutch Runner, docked for three years off the coast of Nova Scotia.

From the Chronicle Herald:

After three years of sitting unmanned and empty at the Port Hawkesbury pier, and after a dust-up between the new crew, its union and the ship’s owners, the 84-metre bulk carrier Dutch Runner […]

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Mistreatment of crew on sub-standard ship leads to detention

A vessel which had already been detained following a Port State Control inspection by MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) surveyors in Cardiff, Wales, has been issued with a further detainable deficiency notice after it was discovered the crew had not been paid for many months.

“The state of the vessel is bad enough from a […]

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Panama Canal tackles accusations

From Port Technology:

The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has released statements combating both the rumors of the privatization of its tug fleet and the accusation that the expansion has made workers and seafarers unsafe.

Rumors began circulating on October 25, 2016 when many sources reported that the ITF had addressed a press conference claiming that […]

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ITF applauds granting of shore leave to Hanjin crews

Hanjin seafarers thanked ILWU for solidarity last month as they sought shore leave after weeks or months at sea.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today applauded the granting of shore leave to the crew of the Hanjin Seattle on its arrival at the port of Seattle, USA.

The denial of shore leave to […]

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