For Seafarers COVID is not someone else’s problem

London. UK. When we hear of large corporations, charterers, refusing to accept any costs or delays in order to allow over-worked seafarers to return to their homes, what are we to think? We could think of all the people that have acted responsibly and made sacrifices in their personal and working lives to reduce the risk of other members of their community contracting COVID.

Letter to the Editor on Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change

London. UK. On invitation by the Editor Break Bulk News, Human Rights at Sea provided its input and human rights perspective on the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change. The civil society NGO has signed up to the shipping industry initiative in support of its aim to raise the profile of the concerns the global pandemic is having on the seafarers who keep global trade flowing.

Captain Lloyd writes to UK Secretary of State for Transport over Seafarer Vaccinations

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea Advisory Board member, Captain Michael Lloyd RD**,MNM, CMMar, FNI has followed up an earlier correspondence to the IMO Secretary General, with a new letter directed to the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, the UK Secretary of State for Transport requesting engagement on the issue of inoculating seafarers as frontline key workers who are keeping world maritime trade flowing during the global pandemic.

Indonesian Fishers fight for Safe Working Conditions and Repatriation from the Marshall Islands

London. UK. / Indonesia. The prevalent issue of poor and abusive conditions for Indonesian migrant fishers continues to be highlighted internationally by local NGOs. Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) Indonesia has been sharing evidence gathered to further shine a spotlight on fisher's working circumstances, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, which fail to reflect the safety and well-being intent of the likes of the ILO C188 Working in Fishing Convention and highlight failures to look after migrant crew when contracts are terminated.

World Human Rights Day 2020: Human rights at sea must be upheld by the Law

LONDON. UK. When Human Rights at Sea was established in April 2014, the concept of universal human rights applying at sea, as equally as they do on land was not explicitly recognised across the wider maritime industry. After all, piracy was on the decline, slavery in the fishing industry was largely invisible to the public and cases of seafarer abandonment were under-reported. Any worker-related issues of the day were seen in the context of labour rights and business economics.

Video Testimony: Master defends COVID-19 Command Decisions for protecting Crew

London. UK. Former Master of the MV Tomini Destiny, Captain Rajnish Samuel Shah, has authorised the release by Human Rights at Sea of his personal testimony in defence of his command decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic for the protection the health, safety and security of his crew during unloading operations off the Port of Chittagong, Bangladesh in late March 2020.

COVID-19 P&I Insurance Coverage & Seafarers’ Rights

'Quarantine rules within P&I cover had never come under scrutiny, until this pandemic exposed an undeniable pattern of systemic risk.' London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues the latest of its Insight Briefing Notes covering P&I Insurance Coverage & Seafarers’ Rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researched by Jessie Santana-Carvalho LL.M. (Maritime Law), the Briefing Note outlines key considerations for seafarers, as well as considerations for P&I clubs. The document was submitted to the International Group of P&I Clubs.

OP-ED: Empty Ships, Empty Seas.

London. UK.  Reporting for Human Rights at Sea and following her previous OP-EDs, Port of London Authority Pilot, Ms. Ivana Carrioni-Burnett, provides another personal insight during the COVID-19 crisis. The current plight many seafarers are facing, unable to crew change or return home, is being described by many voices within the maritime community as the next humanitarian crisis.

Seafarers UK CEO raises concerns about availability and reliability of crew suicide statistics

Seafarer suicide statistics spotlighted as coronavirus curtails crew changes. London. UK. Seafarers UK CEO, Catherine Spencer, has raised public concerns about the availability and reliability of statistics concerning seafarer suicides at sea during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release issued by the organisation on 3 July, and ahead of the 2020 Seafarer Awareness Week 6-12 July, the CEO highlighted the recent public reporting of seafarer suicides during the crew change crisis, but that no single source of reliable data is currently available.

Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Maritime Administration join forces for the crew of MV Gulf Sky

Press Release  Monday 22 June 2020 London. UK.  Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration to work towards resolving the ongoing case of the MV Gulf Sky, registered under the Dominica Registry, anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, UAE with 22 Indian seafarers...

MV Gulf Sky Update: Flag State Refers Case to Mediation

London.UK. The ongoing case of the MV Gulf Sky published by Human Rights at Sea last week, reported on the challenges and standing problems of the crew when salaries, provisions and management communications are disrupted. The charity has continued to follow the case and yesterday ( 2 June 2020), was updated by the flag State as to the further actions being taken from their position.

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