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Blacklisting call for Panama flagged ships as seafarers told to stay onboard longer

Nautilus International has called for all Panama flagged ships to be targeted for inspection by Port State Control and detained for breaching the Maritime Labour Convention when entering their country in response to its 'inhumane' extension of Seafarer contracts.

Blacklisting call for Panama flagged ships as seafarers told to stay onboard longer
25 June 2020 - 16:53 - Update: 25 June 2020 - 17:08

Nautilus International has called for all Panama flagged ships to be targeted for inspection by Port State Control and detained for breaching the Maritime Labour Convention when entering their country in response to its 'inhumane' extension of Seafarer contracts.

The Panama Ship Registry issued a notice (MMN-03/2020) in June advising that seafarers' contracts can now be extended by a further three months and up to 17 months where crew change is not possible due to the outbreak of the Covid-19.

'PSC should immediately target all Panamanian ships and detain for breaches of the MLC! This is utterly shameful and inhumane,' Nautilus International general secretary Mark Dickinson said.

Nautilus has warned that fatigued crews working for months after they were supposed to return home pose a threat to shipping safety and protection of the environment.

'If this situation is not corrected by @AMP Panama and @MINSAPma, the risk of a major maritime accident due to exhaustion and #mentalhealth from #seafarer grows by the minute, and with it the fate of the global supply chains,' ITF Panama said.

Source: Nautilus international

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