Jul 23

Chamber reacts to publication of Seafarers' Charter

The UK Chamber of Shipping has called the Seafarers' Charter "another tool" to help promote seafarer wellbeing and welfare.

The Seafarers' Charter, part of the UK Government's, nine point plan for seafarers has been published alongside a similar initiative by the French Government during a visit by Maritime Minister Baroness Vere to Paris today to meet her counterpart Minister Berville.  

International agreements that cover the working conditions of seafarers already exist. The Maritime Labour Convention establishes minimum working and living standards for all seafarers working on ships flying the flags of ratifying countries. It was adopted by government, employer and worker representatives in 2006. 

The UK Chamber of Shipping also has a long history of working with unions and others to promote and enhance seafarer welfare and safety

Commenting on the charter a UK Chamber of Shipping spokesperson said:

“Protecting the rights and welfare of seafarers is an ambition shared by the entire shipping community. 

“This voluntary charter will be another tool in this area alongside the extensive guidelines and best practice the industry has produced in collaboration with unions and other partners over many years.

“With the charter due for review after 12 months it is important that any unintended consequences or areas for improvement are identified and resolved as part of the review process.” 

More information about the Charter can be found on .gov.uk.