Filipino crew of a German-owned vessel, abducted

Six crews of Demeter, a German-owned vessel, were reported to have been abducted off Nigeria wherein four of those are Filipinos, one Ukrainian and one Hungarian. According to the Sea Guardian consultancy, the pirates have abducted the crews, including (the) master, chief officer, second officer, second engineer, bosun and cook. The Demeter is a Liberia-flagged […]

Posted by: on Oct 26, 2017 read more

Nautilus criticises ‘slavery’ conditons

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  The crew of a Panama-flagged  ship are enduring conditions that are close to slavery, according to seafarers’  Union Nautilus International, The union claims that seafarers on board the 1,596 gross tonnage general cargo ship Seccadi, detained in the UK port of Runcorn, have been suffering atrocious conditions and have been paid wages as low […]

Posted by: on Oct 25, 2017 read more

Singapore: Two More Bodies of Dredger Crew Recovered, One Still Missing

Two more bodies of seafarers, former crew members of JBB De Rong 19 dredger, have been recovered in Singapore territorial waters since the fatal collisionbetween the dredger and tanker Kartika Segara that occurred on September 13. This brings the total body count to four of the five persons that went missing following the accident, according to […]

Posted by: on Oct 24, 2017 read more

COMPENSATION FOR THE HEIRS

Can the heirs claim death benefits even if the seafarer died after his medical repatriation? Yes, as pronounced in the case of Canuel v. Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, et.al. (G.R. No. 190161, October 13, 2014), the Supreme Court granted the claims for death benefits even though the seafarer’s death happened after he was medically repatriated. In […]

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2017 read more

Revisiting Disability Benefit

Can the disability grading given by the company doctor prevail over the fact that both the doctors of the company and the seafarer declared that the seafarer is unfit to return to his previous occupation? In the case of Maunlad Trans., Inc., et.al. vs. Rodolfo Camoral (G.R. No. 211454, February 11, 2015), the Supreme Court […]

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2017 read more

How shipping operators forget about safety

A major new study by the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) reveals that while all shipping operators pay lip service to the importance of safety, only a few are actually making it a priority in their day-to-day operation. Even worse, shipping operators do not even realize that they are actually penalizing employees who show initiative […]

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2017 read more