Green Port Awards
The Port of Buenos Aires has joined the network of Green Award ports by launching a 10 percent discount on port fees for all types of Green Award certified sea-going ships. The Green Award offers certification of ships that apply best practices and exceed the industry statutory regulations in terms of safety, quality and environmental stewardship. Buenos Aires Port is the leading transshipment point for the foreign trade of Argentina. It is considered the fourth-best port in Latin America and the Caribbean, due to the scale of its facilities and the volumes it handles on annual basis.
Missing After Ship Capsize
Two men are missing after an Indonesian general cargo capsized in the Strait of Malacca, having been hit by large waves. The two men missing from the 689 dwt Avatar are the captain and the cook. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) sent a rescue boat and a helicopter to the scene this morning. MMEA officials suspect bad weather as the reason for the accident. The ship is owned by Batam Cahaya Logistik.
IMO Launches Safety Meet
The Secretary General of the IMO has highlighted key issues amongst the various agenda items of MSC 98. These include implementation of the goal-based standards for new ship construction of bulk carriers and oil tankers. Also issues relating to “early implementation” of amendments to existing mandatory requirements, with a view to avoiding potential conflict between flag State and port State authorities. Maritime security remains a concern. The number of incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, reported to the Organization, has increased last year with 59 incidents recorded in GISIS in 2016, as against 35 in 2015.
Transparency Needed for Seafarers
During a panel debate hosted by The Mission to Seafarers at Nor-Shipping event, leaders in seafarer welfare concluded that higher level of transparency is needed to improve human rights in the shipping industry. An expert panel, made up of representatives from the RAFTO Foundation, the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Norwegian OECD NCP, and Human Rights at Sea, came together to discuss the challenges associated with tackling the very real risk of modern slavery in the shipping industry, and strategies for its elimination.
Shame of Seafarer Treatment
June 25 is the annual Day of the Seafarer. This year’s theme is “Seafarers Matter.” For 2017, the IMO particularly wants to engage ports and seafarer centers. The idea is that they showcase best practices in seafarer support and welfare. The case of the seafarers stranded on the Sharjah Moon is therefore timely. The U.K.-based charity Human Rights at Sea supported by the NGO Justice Upheld has just published a detailed investigative report on the Indian and Sri Lankan crew of the Sharjah Moon, some of whom have been denied payment of owed wages for in excess of 16 months and consequently, remain in the UAE.