The UN ILO once again convened the latest bipartite round of negotiations between shipowners and seafarers’ unions from across the world, coordinated by the ICS and the ITF, respectively.
‘Fuelling the Fourth Propulsion Revolution’, authored by Professor Dr. Stefan Ulreich from Germany’s University of Applied Sciences, and commissioned by the International Chamber of Shipping, highlighted the ‘enormous opportunity’ for investors and governments represented by the global shipping industry’s need for new, green fuels.
The UN ILO tripartite of shipowners, governments, and transport workers unions has agreed to new measures to strengthen the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering key issues impacting international ship owners and operations of the Suez Canal.
Today, six seafarers have touched down in Tarawa, marking the end of a two-year period of repatriation blighted by pandemic-related restrictions and delays.
500 seafarers remain onboard 109 vessels stranded in Ukraine ports or nearby seas, down from 2,000 six weeks ago; ICS calls for the preservation of humanitarian corridors for seafarers out of what U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called “the apocalypse.”
The Singapore Maritime Foundation will play a key role in informing the Global Industry Peer Learning Group and will act as a contributor to the Task Force’s work including its first project on skills in maritime.
Representatives of the global shipping industry, supported by governments, have laid out proposals on how a planned global R&D fund can be tailored to support developing economies.
ICS representing 80% of the world’s merchant fleet, has warned that current supply chain disruption is set to be compounded by a shortfall in the global shipping workforce due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.