Rights of Seafarers Defended
International backing has been given to a new initiative from London-based Seafarers Rights’ International (SRI), which aims to harness the support of governments worldwide in implementing locally-binding legislation on the fair treatment of seafarers following a maritime casualty. Representatives from more than 50 countries attended a specially convened workshop on the subject organised by SRI, and addressed by Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO.
Happy Birthday Seafarers UK
A charity set up during the First World War to assist families of seafarers lost or injured at sea marks its Centenary this week. King George V gave his name to what was originally known simply as the Sailors’ Fund, reflecting public sentiment for those who were fighting and dying in the struggle for the seas. King George’s Fund for Sailors (now Seafarers UK) has provided welfare services for seafarers ever since.
Norwegian Crew Salary Scheme
The Norwegian government’s new salary scheme for seafarers, which came into effect over the weekend, means companies employing Norwegian seafarers on NIS vessels will be reimbursed all added salary taxes, a move welcomed by many local owners including Odfjell. “The maritime industry is an important driving force in the Norwegian economy. This is an industry where Norway has leading competence. It is important to provide competitive conditions in order to ensure that Norwegian seafarers retain this competence in the future”, Norwegian minister of trade and industry, Monica Mæland, commented.
Positive Piracy Data
Continuing decline in the number of reported incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships has been revealed in the second quarter piracy report of the IMB. The first half of 2017 saw a total of 87 incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre compared with 97 for the same period of the previous year. The latest piracy report shows that in the first six-months of 2017, 63 vessels were boarded, 12 fired upon, four were hijacked and attacks were attempted on another eight vessels. A total of 63 crew has been taken hostage, while 41 have been kidnapped from their vessels, three injured and two killed.
Suicide Biggest Cause of Death
In a startling announcement, it has been revealed that suicide is now the biggest cause of death at sea. How can we support our seafarers before it’s too late? Suicide rates among seafarers have more than tripled since 2014 and are now the most common cause of death at sea, according to figures from the UK P&I Club. Crew deaths attributed to suicide have increased from 4.4 percent in 2014-2015 to 15.3 percent in 2015-2016. Between 2001 and 2005, merchant seafarers scored the second highest level of suicides amongst all professions. Today, the rate of suicide for international seafarers is triple that of shore workers.