Enough already

September 28, 2012

Sage Sagittarius from Shipspotting.com I have been writing this blog for many years and can’t remember this many deaths aboard ship being in the news. I hope it’s because I am paying more attention, I certainly hope it’s not a trend, but it’s worrying. The Australian Federal Police briefly placed a ship under crime scene tape in the Port of Newcastle, after the 55 year old Filipino Chief Engineer was…


“Web Port” for international seafarers

August 22, 2008

I came across this little gem of a website the other day. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has a long tradition of benefiting the international seafarers, especially those of impoverished nations. They have put their heads together and designed a cool new web site, with a focus on use by seafarers themselves. I encourage you to check the many feature such as maritime news, ship searches, port guide, forum…


They are seafarers, just throw them in jail

February 7, 2008

Seafarer criminalisation ‘threatens safety’4 February 2008 Lloyds List THE threat posed by the criminalisation of seafarers has continued to increase in the past year despite efforts to work with authorities to tackle the issues. The wide-ranging investigations launched after the containership Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge last November, some of which were reported to carry criminal law implications for the ship’s crew and pilot, have been cited…


Better conditions for seafarers agreed to

Unions hail new seafarer conditions28 Sep 2007, Safety at Sea International LONDON 28 September – Satisfied maritime unions have celebrated changes to seafarers’ pay and conditions that will take effect from January. After painstaking talks that took them from Sydney to Tokyo to London, the International Bargaining Forum reached agreement yesterday on improved conditions for 70,000 seafarers of all nationalities serving over 3,500 ships. The changes cover increases in wage…

October 6, 2007