MV Liberty Prrudencia: a gross failure in protecting seafarers’ rights

Original Lloyds List & The Maritime Executive OP-ED I have great respect for the mental and physical tenacity of the remaining 13 Indian crew of the Liberty Prrudencia. At the time of writing, they remain effectively abandoned by the owners in Zhoushan, China, having been paid just one month’s wages in six months, but to date have steadfastly refused to bow down to pressure exerted to … Continue reading MV Liberty Prrudencia: a gross failure in protecting seafarers’ rights

Case Study: New Zealand Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Act in force – protecting fishers?

“Once vessels are flagged to New Zealand the full range of New Zealand law including employment relations and workplace health and safety law will automatically apply and be enforceable.” Hon NATHAN GUY (Minister for Primary Industries) 14 February 2013 Over the last decade, the New Zealand fishing industry has been shaken by a series of high profile allegations of the abuse and exploitation of foreign … Continue reading Case Study: New Zealand Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Act in force – protecting fishers?

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 comes into force

Human Rights at Sea, as a signatory to the UN Global Compact and supporter of all efforts to eradicate modern slavery, today reports that Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has come into force in English Law. Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK independent anti-slavery commissioner, has written a letter addressed to all UK-based signatories of the UN Global Compact. TEXT Last year the … Continue reading Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 comes into force

UK Modern Slavery Act Briefing Note for the Maritime Environment

The British Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’) has been designed to encourage companies that outsource or subcontract work to take responsibility for every stage of their business. The most important mechanism in the Act is found in Section 54, the transparency in supply chains provision. This requires large companies, with a presence in the UK, to publish a statement on their website detailing the … Continue reading UK Modern Slavery Act Briefing Note for the Maritime Environment