ITF News Update – 20th to 30th September

ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton emphasises workers’ rights at launch of the Ocean Stewardship Coalition | Nautilus – 20th September

The Ocean Stewardship Coalition is part of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) renewed 2021-2023 strategy to accelerate the collective global impact of business. The Coalition convenes leading governments, companies, NGOs, academic institutions and UN partners to drive action and determine how the ocean and ocean industries can deliver on the Paris Agreement and the UN Global Goals.


Culture Of Care Is Key To Future Seafarer Health And Welfare, Says Seafarers Hospital Society Hellenic Shipping News – 24th September

The Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS), Yale University and Lloyd’s Register Foundation told shipping companies that they will need to create a culture of care if they are to adequately address the health and welfare needs of seafarers.


Tanker Crew Caught in the Middle After Cambodia’s Offshore Oil Debacle | Maritime Executive – 27th September

The Indonesian Marine Police have boarded the tanker Strovolos and arrested the crew in connection with a dispute over Cambodian oil, according to operator World Tankers Management.


Seafarers’ voices heard via ITF Seafarers’ Trust this World Maritime Day | Hellenic Shipping News – 27thSeptember

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust is calling for greater recognition for the hidden global workforce today, on World Maritime Day.


Know a hero at sea? Time to nominate the world’s bravest seafarers! | ITF Seafarers – 28th September

Officially called the ‘IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea’, the important Award and its associated letters and certificates are given to seafarers who are recognised for performing acts of extraordinary bravery during the nominating period, risking their own lives when attempting to save the lives of others or as part of efforts to protect the marine environment.


Indonesia Detains Tanker Crew in Escalating Intl Dispute Over Oil Cargo Radio Free Asia – 28th September

Cambodia has requested that the oil be returned, but the Indonesian navy says it will be up to the courts to decide what to do with the cargo.


TUCP: Nearly 100,000 seafarers vaccinated | Inquirer – 28th September

MANILA, Philippines — Nearly 100,000 of the country’s seafarers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far, boosting their chances to be rehired by foreign shipping companies.


Stella Maris Highlights Crew Welfare Ahead of World Maritime Day | Maritime Executive – 28th September

Global maritime charity Stella Maris is reiterating the need to get back to basics in crew welfare provision ahead of World Maritime Day 2021 which carries the theme ‘Seafarers: At The Core of Shipping’s Future’.


Global Transport Chiefs urge UN to end humanitarian crisis for supply chain workers | ITF Seafarers – 29thSeptember

Global road, air and sea organisations and unions have today called on the world’s heads of government gathering at this week’s UN General Assembly to end a ‘global humanitarian and supply chain crisis.’


Seamen detained in Indonesia seek govt help for repatriation | Business Line – 29th September

FSUI writes to Shipping Ministry and External Affairs Ministry seeking diplomatic efforts to help them


It’s Time to Stop Taking Shipping and Seafarers for Granted | G Captain – 30th September

Today, and every September 30th, is World Maritime Day, a United Nation’s day of observance to recognize the maritime industry’s contribution to the global economy. You probably don’t care, but you should. Especially this year.


UN recognizes work of 2 million seafarers in ‘extraordinarily challenging times’ | UN News – 30thSeptember

In his message for the day, the UN Secretary-General said the goal is to “pay tribute to the professionalism and resilience of seafarers.”