ITF News Update – 21st to 27th October

Report: The State of Human Rights Implementation in Shipping | Maritime Executive – 21st Oct

Human Rights at Sea has published a new independent review into implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights throughout the maritime sector.


B.C. Ferries worker drowned after falling through ramp railing: coroner | Times Colonist – 22nd Oct

Kulwant Singh Chohan’s death was reported to the B.C. Coroners Service on June 13, 2020, by Richmond RCMP.


Towards the most preferred Seafarer status | Sunday Observer – 23rd Oct

Review of Maritime Transport 2021 stated that around 80% of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea. In the 12 months to 1 January 2021, the global commercial shipping fleet grew by 3 per cent.Globally there are around 1.9 million seafarers. In a world where human dreams continue to grow, opportunities for seafarers will continue to rise.


One Dead in Harbor Tug Sinking at Port of Patmos | Maritime Executive – 23rd Oct

On Friday, a small ship assist tug went down while working a midsize cruise ship at the island port of Patmos, Greece.


Two dead, two missing after ferries collide in Dutch Wadden Sea | Baird – 24th Oct

Two people were killed while another two have gone missing following a vessel collision incident in the Wadden Sea in the northern Netherlands on Friday, October 21.


Survey Finds “Unacceptable” Discrimination Against Female Seafarers | Maritime Executive – 24th Oct

WISTA International has released the results of a large-scale online survey on the prevalence of gender-based discrimination and harassment at sea, and the results are sobering.


ETF update: why shipping consortia must be stopped | Nautilus – 24th Oct

The European Transport Workers’ Federation is demanding an end to a loophole in EU competition law that benefits shipowners at the expense of maritime workers, writes Berardina Tommasi


Costa Cruises Pulls Asia Trips Amid China’s Covid Zero Policy | G Captain – 24th Oct

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp. that aimed to cater to the Chinese market, is canceling all future Asia departures as hope diminished of any early loosening of Covid restrictions in the country.


Nationwide labor shortage hits Alaska tugboats | Alaska Public Media – 24th Oct

The labor shortage hitting the nation is particularly pronounced in Alaska, where the rate of unfilled positions is about twice the national average, according to the state’s labor data.


14 killed in Indonesia ferry fire, search ongoing | Yahoo – 25th Oct

At least 312 people have been rescued, Search and Rescue Agency in Kupang said on Tuesday (October 25), updating the figure from the previous 240.


Troubled waters: Responding to cyber-attacks in the maritime industry | Hellenic Shipping News – 25th Oct

Shipping is increasingly digitalised and interconnected. As traditional maritime operations are replaced with autonomous and computerised processes, cyber security vulnerabilities become more prevalent.


Ardmore Shipping: Industry needs to rebuild trust with seafarers and invest in new technologies | Safety4Sea – 25th Oct

In an exclusive interview to SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Gerald Tan, Head of Commercial (East) and General Manager, Ardmore Shipping, suggests it is time to focus on crew welfare and make a positive change, following the challenges due to the pandemic. As such, rebuilding trust with seafarers and their families, focusing on diversity and inclusion and fostering strategies to embrace young talents are key priorities.


Insurer Launches App for Sick Seafarers Stranded Without Doctors | Bloomberg Law – 26th Oct

Marine insurer Gard P&I Bermuda Ltd. released a free app Wednesday to improve health care on commercial vessels following a sharp increase in crew illness and death claims.


An Abandoned Vessel Washes Ashore On St Martin’s Island | Marine Insight – 26th Oct

An abandoned cargo vessel reportedly washed ashore on St Martin’s Island in Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf on 24 October.


RMT call to Government on Seafarers Wages Bill | RMT – 26th Oct

Maritime union RMT today called on the Government to agree to amendments to the Seafarers Wages Bill to recover seafarers’ jobs, skills and employment standards in the UK shipping sector after P&O Ferries unlawful assault on jobs and conditions.


Food shipping industry grapples with supply chain challenges | Supermarket News – 26th Oct

Survey highlights key obstacles facing shippers of food and beverages


Lebanon signs maritime border deal, Israel expected to follow suit | Reuters – 27th Oct

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday signed a letter approving a landmark U.S-brokered agreement laying out the country’s maritime boundary with Israel, Lebanon’s top negotiator told reporters.