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Global crew abandonment cases hit new high

  Syrian chief officer Mohamed Aisha was unable to return home for four years after the shipowner of the MV Aman abandoned the vessel and its crew in the Suez Canal. I​​​​n May 2021, ITF Arab World and Iran network coordinator Mohamed Arrachedi helped Aisha leave the MV Aman return to his family after just four months of involvement in …

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Syrian chief mate flies home after four years in hell

  The four-year plight of a sole seafarer trapped on his vessel unable to go home due to political and legal hurdles has been resolved. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that its local union representative, who had been pleading the case to Egyptian port and immigration officials, was able to arrange a solution …

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Shame on the Red Sea Port Authority of Egypt

  This story borrowed directly from The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) will shake your heart for sure. If it doesn’t, maybe you don’t have one. It is somewhat reminiscent of the tales from The Death Ship (Das Totenschiff), a novel by the pseudonymous author known as B.Traven. The Death Ship describes the predicament of …

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Global tripartite initiative to support breaking crew change deadlock

Joint release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) have …

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600,000 Seafarers Still Unable to Get Crew Change

Photo : Synergy Group The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) estimates that there are now approximately 300,000 seafarers trapped working aboard ships due to the crew change crisis caused by government Covid-19 border and travel restrictions, and an equal number of unemployed seafarers waiting to join them who are ashore. That makes 600,000 seafarers affected …

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Thirteen countries sign joint statement on Crew change at virtual summit

Photo: V. Group The International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes was held on June 9, hosted by the United Kingdom in London. Following this summit came a joint statement signed by thirteen countries who have agreed to new international measures to open up foreign borders for seafarers and increase the number of commercial flights to …

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Maritime industry calls for EU political leadership on seafarers plight

Due to the heightened humanitarian crisis due to lack of sufficient action by governments in ensuring crew changes happen, European and International maritime industry stakeholders joined forces to seek political leadership and commitment by European leaders to the welfare of seafarers. They urge them to commit to doing everything in their power to promote the …

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On this 2020 Day of the Seafarer ECSA and ETF cry out: Let them go home!

Photo: ECSA The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) pleads the EU has to start acting to resolve the current crew change crisis Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, seafarers around the world have been facing difficulties in being replaced by other crew and getting repatriated. Specifically for Europe, the …

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