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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Somali piracy: EU forces in 1st mainland raid

EU NAVFOR news release EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline Earlier today, following the decision taken on 23 March 2012 by the Council of the European Union to allow the EU Naval Force to take disruption action against known pirate supplies on the shore, EU forces conducted an operation to destroy…

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Justice for Seafarers?

A worrying indictment of the plight of seafarers has been delivered by a far-reaching survey of the experiences of seafarers facing criminal charges, with seafarers complaining of unfair treatment, intimidation and a lack of legal representation and interpretation services. The survey by international legal research centre Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) of 3,480 seafarers in the…

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