ITF News Update – 20th to 30th June

Seafarers win collective bargaining breakthrough in Iran | ITF Seafarers – 20th June

The Iranian Merchant Mariners Syndicate (IMMS) has won a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for seafarers working for Iran’s five largest shipping companies.


At Greece’s largest port, dockworkers fight for a collective agreement | Equal Times – 22nd June

Dockworkers employed by the company Dport on strike in Piraeus in February of 2022. The 2,100 dockworkers who work for Dport lack a collective agreement that truly protects their rights.


Hope Hicks case not an isolated incident, shows need for practical change in shipping | ITF Seafarers – 23rd June

Responding to news that Hope Hicks has taken a case against shipping giant Maersk, seafarers’ unions are calling for employers to ensure their safe workplace policies are actually being followed, before more seafarers are driven from an industry facing crew shortages.


Seafarers’ unions celebrate #DayoftheSeafarer 2022 | ITF Seafarers – 25th June

Saturday 25 June is the official IMO Day of the Seafarer and today, the ITF global family of seafarers’ unions celebrated online and all across the world.


Multiple Casualties, Hundreds Injured After Toxic Gas Cylinder Explodes at Jordan’s Aqaba Port -Incident Video | G Captain – 27th June

At least 10 people are reported dead and hundreds injured after a gas cylinder was dropped and exploded while being loaded onto a ship at Jordan’s Aqaba port, according to media reports.


Seafarers support digitalisation but wary of impact on jobs – report | Smart Maritime Network – 28th June

A new report published by Inmarsat has suggested that seafarers are largely in favour of greater digitalisation of maritime operations, but that a sizeable proportion of those working at sea also fear shrinking job opportunities with increasing automation.


Study: Shipping is Set to Miss the IMO 2050 Target | Maritime Executive – 28th June

The maritime industry is not currently on track to meet the IMO ambition for a 50 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, even under favorable assumptions, according to a new study released by think tank Nordic West Office. The study suggests that this target could eventually be achieved on the industry’s current trajectory, but it is likely to take several more decades than desired.


The Future of Shipping: We Are Nearing a Turning Point | Maritime Executive – 28th June

Whether you like it or not, the maritime industry is the usual suspect when the talk focuses on environmental pollution and emissions. However, this is no surprise as this industry is carrying over 90 percent of world trade. The ships are massive and with most of them being powered by fossil fuels are anything but environmentally friendly. But that is changing.


Crew Transfer Helicopter Headed to Offshore Rig Crashes Into Arabian Sea, Killing Four | G Captain – 28th June

A helicopter carrying offshore personnel for India’s state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) crashed into the Arabian Sea on Tuesday, killing four people.


Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Supply Chain Shock | G Captain – 28th June

In February 2019, a large container ship sailing for New York identified a cyber intrusion on board that startled the US Coast Guard. Though the malware attack never controlled the vessel’s movement, authorities concluded that weak defenses exposed critical functions to “significant vulnerabilities.”


UAE launches ‘Salmeen’ scheme to support seafarers | Seatrade Maritime News – 29th June

The UAE has launched ‘Salmeen,’ an initiative to provide seafarers and others working in the maritime sector with support and safety, in conjunction with the Day of the Seafarer.


Over 70% of Nigerian seafarers jobless –Expert | Punch NG – 30th June

Oniye, who said this in an event to mark the 2022 World Seafarers Day in Lagos recently, explained that before the introduction of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Program by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, the figures were above that.