ITF: tragic death of seafarer proves that lashing is dockers’ work

Health and Safety, HR, ITF, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Maritime Accidents — By on November 15, 2018 at 10:45 PM

The ITF HQ’s in London

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have extended their deepest condolences to the family of a seafarer killed in Dublin, Ireland, while lashing and securing containers, and said this case proves how vital it is that this kind of work is done by dock workers, not seafarers.

Dennis Gomez Regana, from the Philippines, died after a container struck him at Southbank Quay on Wednesday 14 November, when he was doing lashing work while container lifting operations were underway. He was on board the MV Francop, which is under a known flag of convenience registry.

ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith said: “Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and fellow crew members of Dennis Gomez Regana. But let’s be clear, he never should have been put in this dangerous position.

“When a ship gets to port the seafarers on board have done their work, they should be maintaining their ship and resting. The very last thing they should be doing is the difficult and dangerous work of lashing and securing containers. The work should be left to dockers who have the training and experience to do it more safely.”

ITF dockers section representative Peter Lahay added: “The ITF and ETF are clear that it is better for dockers and seafarers if this work is done by dock workers. Lashing is dockers work, full stop.

“We must put an end to unscrupulous shipowners and port operators putting pressure on seafarers to do lashing and securing. I hope they take notice of this tragedy today and change their ways, if they don’t then more seafarers will be seriously hurt or killed. We look forward to reading the report and recommendations of the Irish authorities.”

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