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.

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.

Joint Press Statement of Dominica Flag Administration and Human Rights at Sea on MT GULF SKY – 21 July 2020

London. UK. / Fairhaven. MA. USA. Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Flag State Administration remain closely engaged in the background investigations into the incident of the hijacking of the MT GULF SKY (IMO 9150377) on 5/6 July 2020 from UAE to Iranian waters, which later saw 26 of the 28 crew who had been deprived of their liberty and threatened with being shot during the ordeal, repatriated to India. This has included close engagement with the UAE Federal Transport Authority. 

Joint Press Statement of Dominica Flag Administration and Human Rights at Sea on MT GULF SKY – 15 July 2020

Joint Press Release Immediate  15 July 2020 London. UK / Fairhaven/MA. USA.  Following the rapidly emerging case of the alleged kidnap of 28 Indian seafarers of the MT Gulf Sky the evening of 5 July 2020 by unknown persons and their forced transfer to Iranian waters, resulting, at the time of writing, in 26 seafarers being...

Concerns raised over location of MT Gulf Sky and its 28 Indian crew

London. UK. / Fairhaven. MA. USA. Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Flag State Administration are increasingly concerned about the change in status of the MV Gulf Sky (IMO 9150377) and its crew, having been informed that the vessel, which was under arrest under a UAE Admiralty Law injunction and had been issued a Prohibition to Sail notice via the Commonwealth of Dominica while anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, had left UAE waters violating both the injunction and the prohibition to sail. At the time of writing, the vessel’s location is unknown with the last AIS signal received eight days ago according to VesselFinder.com.

Maritime Charities Group (MSG) Launch Mental Health and Wellbeing Training Standard

Press Release 8 July 2020 London.UK. The Maritime Charities Group (MCG)  a coalition of 10 major maritime charities, has joined forces with the Merchant Navy Training Board to publish a good practice guide to designing a training course for seafarers on mental health and wellbeing awareness. Written by experts from the maritime and education sectors in...

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.

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