ITF News Update – 2nd to 8th June

Philippines Charges Bulk Carrier Crew Over Fatal Collision with Fishing Vessel | G Captain – 2nd June

Prosecutors in the Philippines have filed charges against four crew members of a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier that collided with a Filipino fishing vessel.


NTSB: Fatigued Chief Engineer’s Oversight Led to Fire Aboard Towing Vessel | G Captain – 2nd June

A fire aboard the towing vessel Mary Lynn started after its fatigued chief engineer inadvertently left the day tank overflow valves to the storage tanks closed, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.


Panama Supports New Amendments Adopted To Improve The Conditions Of Seafarers | Hellenic Shipping News – 6th June

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), participated as a ratifying member of the Maritime Labor Convention, in its amended version 2006, (MLC 2006, for its acronym in English) of the “Fourth Meeting (part II) of the Special Tripartite Committee of the MLC 2006” of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which was attended by more than 500 delegates from governments, shipowner groups and seafarers, with the aim of guaranteeing the promotion and respect of the rights of seafarers enshrined in the MLC, 2006, amended.


Long-term plan for seafarers needed | Phil Star – 7th June

In the Philippines, the workings of the bureaucracy proceeds at its own pace, and there is little one can do to hurry it, no matter how grave the consequences of poor action. There is no glaring example better than what is happening to our seafarer training.


BC Ferries fined over $600K after worker drowns in Richmond | Castanet – 7th June

WorkSafeBC has imposed a $674,445.92 fine on BC Ferries after a worker fell and drowned in the Fraser River in 2020.


Passenger Cruise ‘Spirit of Norfolk’ Catches Fire with 89 School Children | G Captain – 7th June

More than 100 people, many of whom were elementary school students, were evacuated safely from the Spirit of Norfolk dining cruise on the Elizabeth River near Naval Station Norfolk on Tuesday after a fire broke out near the stern of the vessel.


Danish Police Charge ‘Scot Carrier’ Crew Member Over Fatal Collision | G Captain – 7th June

Police in Denmark have charged the British mate of the M/V Scot Carrier with negiligent manslaughter over its fatal collision with a barge in December.


BC Ferries offering hiring bonuses to amid ‘crew shortages,’ cancelled sailings | Global News – 7th June

BC Ferries is suffering from crew shortages as it heads into the busy summer season, leading to some cancellations on major routes Tuesday.


Amosup commends ILO minimum wage increase for AB | The Manila Times – 8th June

THE Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (Amosup) commends the decision of the Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to raise the minimum monthly basic wage for able seafarers (AB) starting in 2023.


Marina to slap penalty vs seafarers faking certificates | Manila Times – 8th June

PENALTIES ranging from P50,000 to P200,000, in addition to disqualification to apply for a certificate, will be imposed by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) against seafarers who are found guilty of submitting falsified, fraudulent or tampered documents to the agency.


BoQ sets new guidelines on disembarking seafarers | Manila Times – 8th June

THE Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ) has issued new guidelines on crew change to align with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) resolution to strengthen the Covid 19 response.