Coast Guard’s Third and Final ‘El Faro’ Hearing Set for February

The third and final Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the American cargo ship El Faro has been scheduled for next month in Jacksonville, Florida. The hearing will take place on February 6, 2015, at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center. It will examine additional elements of the investigation including crew … More Coast Guard’s Third and Final ‘El Faro’ Hearing Set for February

IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force today (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. The 2014 amendments to the MLC 2006, which comes … More IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

A New Year message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

While most of us have been taking advantage of the holiday period to spend time with our family and friends, I am very much aware that, for many in the shipping industry, this has not been possible. For the shipping industry, and for the seafarers who operate the ships, the holiday period is the same … More A New Year message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

The Fair Treatment of Seafarers in cases of abandonment: A Caribbean Perspective

The issue of abandonment Abandonment is defined by IMO Resolution A.930 (22) of 29 November 2001 as: • “Characterised by the severance of ties between the shipowner and the seafarer”. Meaning: • The shipowner fails to fulfil certain fundamental obligations to the seafarer relating to timely repatriation and payment of outstanding remuneration and the provision … More The Fair Treatment of Seafarers in cases of abandonment: A Caribbean Perspective

Crewmen of quarantined vessel return home

Eight of the 10 Guyanese crewmen who were quarantined with their ship in St. Lucia following the death of one of their colleagues on board, has returned home. According to the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), MV Lady Zai returned on Monday.  They were all examined by the Health Authorities in Saint Lucia and given clearance … More Crewmen of quarantined vessel return home