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Violent knife murder on board MSC container ship

PortandTerminal.com, September 29, 2020 The felony offence charged in the indictment carries a statutory maximum sentence of death or life in federal prison. LOS ANGELES – Was it the pressure of being trapped on board a container ship for month after month that caused one crew member on an MSC container ship to murder a colleague? We don’t yet know. …

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Maersk Calls for Action as Stranded Seafarers Rise to 400,000

A Maersk Eindhoven container ship moored in Yokohama, Japan.

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 United Nations, companies and governments meet on crisis |  Unilever, P&G among brands warning of supply disruption By K Oanh Ha and Jack Wittels for Bloomberg -The world’s largest container shipping companies and the United Nations Secretary-General are appealing to governments to resolve a labor crisis that has stranded 400,000 workers on boats, according to a new estimate from …

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Fed up and exhausted. Bulker crew downs tools and is repatriated thanks to ITF

Some of the Contamines crew thank the ITF for support throughout their ordeal as they finally head home

PortandTerminal.com, August 19, 2020 Exhausted crew members of South Korean-owned bulk carrier repatriated after downing their tools | Crew had been on board as virtual “slaves” with expired contracts and approaching a year at sea PANAMA CITY – Seafarers on the South Korean-owned bulk carrier ‘Contamines’ stood up and refused to work further as their ship came into berth in …

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200,000 Seafarers Fear There’s No Plan to Get Them Off Ships

Two seafarers. Life vests. Tanker.

BLOOMBERG, JULY 9, 2020 Thousands of workers remain stranded at sea amid border, port restrictions | Shippers risk halted operations if crew elect to stop working By K Oanh Ha, Krystal Chia, and Claire Jiao for Bloomberg – Like thousands of other seafarers, Karika Neethling wanted to get home as the coronavirus pandemic convulsed the cruise industry in March. Her anxiety grew more …

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Union Says Ship Crews Can Stop Work Despite Risk to Trade. They should.

Covid infected crew member being taken off cargo ship

BLOOMBERG, JUNE 17, 2020 Krystal Chia and Richard Weiss for Bloomberg News – The International Transport Workers’ Federation said it will now support ship crews’ rights to stop working, even if that comes at the cost of disrupting global trade. The change in messaging comes after it says governments took insufficient action to facilitate the repatriation of around 200,000 seafarers …

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The 300,000 seafarers stuck at sea will be ignored until they go on strike. Will they?

PortandTerminal.com, June 15, 2020 It’s now time for seafarers to go on strike to force governments to take immediate action and facilitate their swift repatriation. The time for talk alone is over. LONDON – There are presently 300,000 seafarers working at sea beyond their contractual agreement. Most have already extended their contracts. Some have been trapped on board their vessels …

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