Day of the Seafarer

The Importance of Day of the Seafarer, 2016

This year’s Day of the Seafarer campaign, lead by the IMO, is one that particularly resonates with of all of us who work at Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI). On June 25th, 2016, the ‘At Sea for All’ message will be shared and acknowledged throughout the world to recognize the importance of all those who work…

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Brexit Maritime Industry

Brexit and the British Maritime Industry

With the EU referendum on everyone’s lips, we thought we’d look at a few balanced views of how an exit from the EU (Brexit) would affect the maritime industry – and in particular, those who work in it. It’s been an interesting read to see both sides of the debate from the fishing communities throughout…

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NGA Shapes the Debate at the ILC 2016

As the International Labour Conference (ILC) 2016 ends, we’re eager to see how the debates will shape the future of working conditions for those who work at sea. Every year the conference, which is run by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, invites government representatives, employers and workers to join together to discuss international…

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piracy at sea

Piracy on the Increase in Nigeria

As the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) currently visits Nigeria to audit the country’s maritime industry, we take a look at how piracy is affecting the region and those that work at sea. During their visit, the IMO team will be reviewing the fishing practices in the country over seven days, from the 6-13 June 2016,…

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slavery at sea

46 Million People Enslaved Worldwide

Slavery at sea is an area of research Seafarers’ Rights International has particular interest in, and so it was interesting to read the new report issued by the Walk Free Foundation today on the global state of slavery. Their 2016 Global Slavery Index documented that nearly 46 million people are now enslaved throughout the world.…

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Australian Seafaring Industry Fears Low Cost, Foreign Workers

Another week and another case where governments and shipping companies are coming under fire for allowing cheap, foreign labour to continue eroding the local seafaring industry. Various industry and mainstream media have been watching the Australian maritime industry as local seafarers express major fears over how both employers and government are turning a blind eye…

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Pushing Seafarers Too Far on North Sea Oil Rigs

As the seafarers on Wood Group’s oil rig prepare to strike in response to increased redundancies, we take a look at how loyal workers are suffering as a result of industry pressures, and what can be done about it. As an organisation solely concerned with the rights of seafarers, Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) supports the…

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Concerns Over Recent Prestige Sentencing

This week, the industry has condemned the judgment made by the Spanish Supreme Court who have sentenced master, Apostolos Mangouras, to two years’ imprisonment, finding him criminally liable for damages to the environment after the Prestige oil tanker spilled thousands of tonnes of oil after sinking in 2002. Some are concerned that the acquittal granted…

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