Ballast sampling trials are agreed

Union warns of criminalisation risks posed by unreliable equipment Nautilus has voiced alarm at the potential for ship masters and officers to face new criminal penalties when the international Ballast Water Management Convention comes into effect. The Union’s concerns were highlighted during talks at the International Maritime Organisation’s bulk liquids and gases subcommittee last month,…

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Alarm as five die in lifeboat drill accident

Nautilus has expressed concern over an incident in which five seafarers died during a lifeboat drill onboard the cruiseship Thomson Majesty in the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands. The men — three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian national — died and three others were injured when a drop…

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Call to halve sea deaths

IMO leader says ‘astronomical’ fatality rate must be cut. Nautilus has backed a call from the International Maritime Organisation’s leader for the seafarer death rate to be halved over the next two years. Speaking at the opening of the IMO’s first meeting of the year, secretary-general Koji Sekimizu told delegates that his vision to halve…

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Honorary Award for MLC ‘Mother’

Nautilus Council members have agreed to award honorary membership of the Union to one of the key architects of the international Maritime Labour Convention, Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry. General secretary Mark Dickinson told Council members that Dr Doumbia-Henry – who is the director of the labour standards department of the UN agency the International Labour Office…

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Beware of new rules on waste

Be alert to the increased risk of criminalisation arising from new MARPOL rules New international regulations to protect the marine environment could expose seafarers to even greater risk of criminalisation, Nautilus is warning. The Union says crew members need to be aware of the responsibilities placed on them by the July 2011 amendments to International…

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Improved standards for fishermen put into EU Law

Joint ETF and Europêche-Cogeca news release 16 May 2012 On Monday 21 May 2012, the workers’ organisation ETF and the employers’ representatives of Europêche and Cogeca will sign a Social Partners’ Agreement to transpose into EU law ILO Convention 188 (Work in Fishing Convention, 2007) that aims to provide worldwide access to decent working and living…

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