ReCAAP has reported that one of the crew of the abducted fishing vessel Ramona 2 has escaped after five months of captivity. The four-man crew were abducted off Sulu in the Philippines on December 20, 2016. One was beheaded on April 13. The remaining two crewmen are believed to still be held by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants. ReCAAP also reports a case of armed robbery in the area last week. M/Tug 308 was underway when 20 pirates carrying short firearms on board five bancas (fishing boats) approached and boarded the tug. They stole several gallons of fuel, paint and half sack of rice.
Spanish dockers intensified a series of strikes Wednesday with a 48-hour full stoppage, the first of its kind in their ongoing dispute with port employers’ association Anesco over job guarantees and labor reforms. Negotiations late Tuesday that were intended to head off the strike were not successful. The unions, led by Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores del Mar (CETM), had offered a 10 percent pay cut in exchange for a guarantee against layoffs and the establishment of new port employment centers.
MSC is preparing contingency plans for customers’ cargo, should the three containerships it has on charter from Rickmers be claimed by the bankrupt group’s creditors. Rickmers Group entered self-administered insolvency on 2 June. The vessels affected are the 1,854 teu John Rickmers, 1,216 teu Sandy Rickmers and 4,444 teu MSC Florida. The time charter on the latter two expires in September, while the John Rickmers is not scheduled to be returned until March 2018. MSC says it is “actively monitoring the situation” and is “ready to act quickly should a creditor take action against any of the three vessels”.
The Government of Indonesia has deposited with the International Labor Organization (ILO) a document for the ratification of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC-2006), becoming the 83th ILO member state that adopted the standards of the convention. For Indonesia, the MLC-2006 will enter into force on June 12, 2018. The capacity of the country’s merchant fleet is 15 million DWT and due to its geographical location, the main Indonesian port of Jakarta is among the 20 largest ports in the world. In addition, the country’s economy relies on seafarers, as about 150,000 Indonesian seamen are employed in global merchant fleet.
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