ITF Condemns The Panama Canal Authority Issuing Sanctions Against Tugboat Captains

The Tugboat Captains are refusing to perform operations in the Canal because they have serious concerns regarding health and safety after the ACP’s unilateral decision to reduce the number of crew on the tugboats.

This is compounded by concerns they have previously raised regarding the excessive overtime being required of Tugboat Captains, which has led to fatigue and is having a grave impact on their health and wellbeing.

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The same concerns were also raised by the independent National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) in their findings which uncovered that the cause of the collision was due to fatigue because of excessive working hours.

The ITF is astonished and disappointed that the ACP has taken such an adversarial position against the workers and the Union de Capitanes y Oficials de Cubierta (UCOC) when all they want is to ensure safe operations in the Canal. The ITF strongly encourages the ACP to withdraw the sanctions and enter into a constructive dialogue with the unions

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  1. There is no reason to be disapointed by the actions taken against Captains. The issue is the delays and transits stopage provoked by the behaviour which caused problems and delays to our customers. If Captains feel they need changes in work schedules and operational rules, they have to go to the correspondent instances and the ITF could send their support there. These Captains are paid very good wages, to perform and not to do decision making of the organisation.

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