Seafarers and the Criminal Law

It is an inherent risk in the working lives of seafarers that they may be subjected to criminal charges either of a professional or a non-professional nature. Seafaring is transnational by nature. As seafarers transit from port to port, they are subject to the entire range of criminal laws of those port states. They cannot…

Abandonment of Seafarers

The problem of abandonment The problem of abandoned seafarers is a stark one of human hardship. The International Labour Organization (ILO) keeps a database of cases of abandonment and, given the vital role of shipping in the global economy, the figures should be a source of concern. As of March 2014, the ILO’s Abandonment of Seafarers…