IMO and HRAS speak to the BBC about Seafarer Abandonment

London, UK. On Saturday, 17 April, representatives from the International IMO and Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) joined BBC Radio Scotland's national morning programme to discuss the ongoing issue and rising cases of abandoned seafarers globally. Mr. Frederick Kenny, Director of the IMO Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, and David Hammond, CEO, HRAS answered searching questions with the aim of bringing increased understanding to the Scottish audience.

New Zealand Transport Minister updates HRAS on Seafarer welfare funding legislation

London, UK.  The New Zealand Minister of Transport, the Honourable Michael Wood, has confirmed to Human Rights at Sea the forthcoming legislative change to the Maritime Transport Act for long-term and sustainable funding of seafarer's centres. This follows the international report issued by the charity in April 2020, "New Zealand: Under-Funding of Seafarers’ Welfare Services and Poor MLC Compliance” drafted in direct support of the New Zealand Seafarers' Welfare Board's efforts to achieve this change.

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.

New Zealand Government to change maritime law to fund seafarer’s centres

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to report that the Labour-led New Zealand Government has publicly announced it will fulfil its manifesto pledge and commitment to improve seafarer welfare through funding from the maritime levies triggered by lobbying from the Seafarers Welfare Board and the March 2020 report from HRAS ‘Under funding of Seafarer’ Welfare Services and Poor MLC Compliance’.

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.

New Zealand Government drives legislative change in support of Seafarers’ Centres

London. UK. In partnership with the Chair of the New Zealand Seafarers Welfare Board, the Reverend John McLister of the Mission to Seafarers (NZ), Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce the public policy statement by the New Zealand Government that it intends to amend the Maritime Transport Act 1994 to enable the existing maritime levy to fund the services required for seafarers’ wellbeing.

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