Archive for the ‘Associations’ Category

Hong Kong port strike is over

Hong Kong port strike is over
7 May 2013 -Workers fighting for improved pay and decent working conditions at the Port of Hong Kong have voted to call off their industrial action after accepting an improved wage offer and promises of further negotiations on working conditions – as well as an assurance that there will be no retaliation...
May 7th, 2013 | ITF, Ports & Terminals | Read More

National Express Group’s US ‘human rights’ record under renewed fire at AGM

National Express Group’s US ‘human rights’ record under renewed fire at AGM
National Express Group’s US ‘human rights’ record under renewed fire at AGM 6 May 2013 – Further evidence has emerged that National Express Group is pushing human rights in its North American operations to the limit on the eve of its London AGM on 9 May.   Representatives of the US-based...
May 6th, 2013 | HR, ITF, Labour Disputes | Read More

ITF: Port of Vancouver ‘needs solution’

ITF: Port of Vancouver ‘needs solution’
Steve Cotton Commenting on developments in the Port of Vancouver, Washington, USA, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) acting general secretary Steve Cotton said: “The lockout of workers by Mitsui-United Grain will soon be entering its tenth week.  The company choice of this tactic...
May 4th, 2013 | ITF, News | Read More

InterManager discussion reveals lifeboat hook concerns

InterManager discussion reveals lifeboat hook concerns
  Captain Kuba Szymnski Lifeboat hooks can be “lethal” and their design is out of date and unsuitable to meet modern demands, according to serving seafarers whose views have been gathered by InterManager.  Following a series of incidents and fatalities involving lifeboat hooks, InterManager, the...
May 3rd, 2013 | Intermanager | Read More

Rail union and international organisations launch Thai government complaint

Rail union and international organisations launch Thai government complaint
2 May 2013 – The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), its affiliated union the State Railway Workers’ Union of Thailand (SRUT), the Thai State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Confederation (SERC), and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have joined together to...
May 2nd, 2013 | ITF | Read More

ITF statement on Qatar’s ICAO relocation bid

ITF statement on Qatar’s ICAO relocation bid
David Cockroft Commenting on the Qatari government’s reported bid to have the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) headquarters relocated from Canada to the country’s capital, Doha, ITF general secretary David Cockroft said: “This defies belief. ICAO is the lead body for civil aviation...
May 1st, 2013 | ITF | Read More

Shipowners and Unions raise concerns at casualty reporting failures

Peter Hinchliffe Shipowners and seafarers’ unions have joined forces to express concern at flag states’ failure to submit maritime casualty reports as required under international Conventions. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents 80% of the world merchant fleet, and the...
April 23rd, 2013 | Associations | Read More

Twentieth Association Accredited to FONASBA Quality Standard

Twentieth Association Accredited to FONASBA Quality Standard
Marygrace Collins FONASBA’s Quality Standard for Ship Brokers and Ship Agents reached a significant milestone last week when APRAM, the Federation’s Moroccan member association, became the twentieth to be accredited to the programme. Welcoming APRAM to the Quality Standard, FONASBA President Marygrace...
April 23rd, 2013 | Associations, News | Read More

Unions look ahead at West Africa road transport seminars

Unions look ahead at West Africa road transport seminars
Seminar participants talking to truck drivers in Cotonou, Benin. Road transport workers from across West Africa recently came together in Cotonou, Benin to discuss common challenges and develop a strategy for change. From 8-10 April the first implementation seminar for the ITF/SASK road transport corridors...
April 21st, 2013 | ITF | Read More

ITF statement on Venezuelan elections

ITF statement on Venezuelan elections
  David Cockroft  18 April 2013 – The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), representing around 700 unions with over 4.5 million members insome 150 countries, today called for the democratic electoral processes in Venezuela to be respected. The ITF welcomed the election on...
April 18th, 2013 | ITF | Read More

Nigerian ships risk detention under new enforcemen​t law

Nigerian ships risk detention under new enforcemen​t law
Nigeria Ships: No more favourable treatment under MLC, 2006 – By Michael Eboh According to Vanguard, effective from August 20, 2013, Nigerian ships and vessels are at risk of being detained in other countries and the owners of the ships fined as the International Labour Organisation, ILO, begins...
April 16th, 2013 | Associations | Read More

WISTA-Cyprus president nominated for CSC’s BOD

WISTA-Cyprus president nominated for CSC’s BOD
WISTA-Cyprus president Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou Today it was announced that WISTA Cyprus President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou is the first woman to be nominated for a position on the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber. Despina is the Chief Financial and Operations Officer of Tototheo...
April 16th, 2013 | Associations, People and Places, WISTA - Women in Shipping | Read More

ITF criticises Irish inaction over fisher safety

ITF criticises Irish inaction over fisher safety
The ITF has deplored the Irish government’s failure to take steps to prevent deaths in the fishing industry. It criticised Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTS) minister Leo Varadkar and Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) minister Richard Bruton for failing to put in place...
April 14th, 2013 | ITF | Read More

Cyprus Shipping Continues to Support the Economy

Cyprus Shipping Continues to Support the Economy
Capt. Eugen Adami, the President of Cyprus Shipping Council Two weeks after the Eurogroup Loan Agreement proposal for Cyprus was formulated on 24 March and despite some temporary banking restrictions still applied which are gradually being eased up, Cyprus Shipping continues its high standard and reliable...
April 12th, 2013 | Associations, What Others Say | Read More

IMarEST announces Matchtech as recruitment partner

IMarEST announces Matchtech as recruitment partner
David Loosley The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has partnered with Matchtech to offer an online recruitment service. Developed to offer a key benefit to the institutes 15, 000 global membership, Matchtech will run an online job board on the IMarEST website. David Loosley,...
April 9th, 2013 | HR, IMarEST | Read More

ITF calls for release of Turkish trade union detainees

ITF calls for release of Turkish trade union detainees
9 April 2013 – The ITF has called for the release of Turkish trade unionists detained under unsubstantiated terrorism-related charges. The detainees, who are due to face their first trial hearing in Ankara tomorrow, include Yunus Akil the former President of the ITF’s bus union BTS and international...
April 9th, 2013 | ITF, Labour Disputes, Piracy and Terrorism, Politics and Government, Safety and Security, Strikes | Read More

ITF president meets with Hong Kong dockers during solidarity mission

ITF president meets with Hong Kong dockers during solidarity mission
The ITF HQ’s in London 9 April 2013 – ITF president and chair of the ITF dockers’ section Paddy Crumlin attended a solidarity meeting with striking dockworkers at the Port of Hong Kong this afternoon. Addressing members of the Union of Hong Kong Dockers (UHKD), Mr Crumlin said that systematic...
April 9th, 2013 | ITF, Labour Disputes, News, Ports & Terminals | Read More

BIFA welcomes electronic air waybill approval

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) – www.bifa.org – welcomes the news that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Federation of Freight Forwarders (FIATA) have recently approved the standard for the multilateral electronic air waybill, making numerous...
April 8th, 2013 | Associations, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Regulatory | Read More

Africa civil aviation unions set priorities

Delegates at Africa civil aviation conference, March 2013 5 April 2013 – Delegates at the ITF Africa civil aviation conference on 14-15 March 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria discussed the increasing instability and fragmentation of the industry and unanimously backed the International Civil Aviation Organisation...
April 5th, 2013 | Aviation, ITF | Read More

Maritime Lawyers join forces with shipowners to promote ratification of international maritime conventions

New Brochure highlights importance of FAL Convention, as IMO Facilitation Committee meets in London. A copy of the new ICS, ISF and CMI Campaign Brochure is attached, and contains additional information about the international Conventions to which this PR refers.  It can also be downloaded at www.ics-shipping.org The...
April 5th, 2013 | Associations, Legal, Regulatory | Read More

IMCA publishes updated DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems

IMCA publishes updated DESIGN for Saturation (Bell) Diving Systems
Offshore equipment and operating practices are routinely improved in the constant quest for ever-greater levels of safety and efficiency. The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) newly published ‘Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for Saturation (Bell) Diving...
April 5th, 2013 | Associations, Underwater Shipping | Read More

eCMID / CMID inspection report database use guidance from IMCA

Jane Bugler The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) and its electronic version eCMID have proved invaluable by providing a standard format for inspection of offshore vessels.  Its use promotes safety and efficiency and can help reduce the number...
April 5th, 2013 | Associations, IT and Communications, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Technical, Technology | Read More

ITF to warn LATAM unions over Chile national airline sackings

ITF to warn LATAM unions over Chile national airline sackings
The ITF HQ’s in London The ITF has today (4 April) expressed its condemnation of dismissals at Chile national airline LAN, which merged with Brazilian TAM Airlines in December 2011 to form LATAM Airlines Group (LATAM). In a letter to LAN senior vice president human resources Emilio del Real Soto,...
April 4th, 2013 | Aviation, HR, ITF, News | Read More

ISWAN Officially Launched on 1 April, 2013

ISWAN Officially Launched on 1 April, 2013 4th of April 2013 On 1 April 2013 ICSW & ISAN formally merged to become ISWAN It’s farewell to the ICSW and ISAN and welcome to ISWAN. On 1 April 2013 the International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare (ICSW) & the International Seafarers’ Assistance...
April 4th, 2013 | Associations, Health and Safety, HR, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Safety and Security | Read More

Safety Data Sheets for Chemical Tankers – an information paper for the industry.

INTERTANKO, the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) have completed a comprehensive information paper on the requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDS)...
April 4th, 2013 | Intertanko | Read More