Please find attached the latest edition of Seacurus Monthly – in which we take a deeper look at some of the key events, stories and happenings in the past month.
Inside we assess the latest maritime security and piracy related goings on, as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), it’s parent the United Nations and the Oil Charterers International Maritime Forum (OCIMF) have pushed ahead on some major new initiatives.
Elsewhere in our usual areas of interest, we have seen further reaction to the recent amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC2006) – indeed a soon to be published survey, which we were given a sneak preview of, has found that an astonishing 76% of seafarer respondents will be paying an active interest in the
insurance or security facilities that their employer shipowners have in place. This shows that there is a revolution slowly dawning – the democratisation of information, knowledge and awareness is making its way up the gangway, and seafarers are increasingly savvy and knowledgeable not only about what should be in place, but also what they are willing to accept.
There seems to be a change in the air, prompted by MLC, as seafarers begin to see their skills as a valuable commodity, one that is worthy of the right rewards. Though as you may have spotted in today’s daily Seacurus bulletin – there are still crews being made to endure terrible standards and despicably low wages, but we are beginning to make positive progress.
As ever, we hope you enjoy this issue.
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