Offloading regulatory responsibilities

December 15, 2007

Below. An interesting article on an accident in Australia highlighting the “self regulation” pitfalls. It seems people want to make money, but no one wants to get dirty, so they offload the responsibilities onto others. – Martin ‘Hands-off’ safety board blamedFrom Fairplay 14 December 2007 BRISBANE 14 December – A board of Inquiry report into the Wunma incident, in which an Australian ore carrier was abandoned in Cyclone Nelson, has…


Death benefits paid out of “Petty Cash” box

$300 for dead seafarers’ families05 Nov 2007, Safety at Sea International KUALA LUMPUR 05 November – Malaysia has introduced, on compassionate grounds, a so-called death benevolent fund of RM$1,000 ($298) for the estates of dead seafarers. Datuk Captain Ahmad Osman, chairman of the country’s Marine Department confirmed the ‘one-off’ payout to Fairplay, though when asked if the Marine Department would seek raising payouts during times of inflation he said “not…

November 25, 2007

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