Accra, Ghana, 30th September 2021.The World Maritime Day is a special day in the life of the maritime industry. This year’s theme is earmarked ‘Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future’. It reflects the essential role seafarers continue to play in promoting maritime trade across the globe.
As we mark this day, it is important that we create awareness for their visibility and pay profound tribute to their significant contribution towards the global supply chain.
In harmony with this year’s theme, we are proposing a three (3) point strategic intervention to ensure the enhancement of the standard of living and working conditions of our seafarers, which are:
· The various Port and Flag state control (PSC & FSC) must ensure the strict compliance of the Maritime Labour Convention, MLC 2006, which is essential to improving on the wellbeing and health of seafarers, and a decent work and economic growth under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.
· The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) together with other relevant stakeholders must undertake an assessment of the MLC 2006, measure its impact thus far on the living and working conditions of seafarers and make the necessary amendments accordingly.
· Stringent sanctions must be applied to Port and Flag state countries who have not yet ratified and or have inferior laws to the Maritime Labour Convention, MLC 2006.
To this end, we join many other stakeholders to extend our warm appreciation to all seafarers across the nations of the world.
Chief Obosu Mohammed