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News | 30 Sep 2020

“Help us. No food. No salary”: Abandoned Vietnamese seafarers finally home with union support

It was an image that shocked many. A ship with the desperate scrawls of a desperate crew scribbled across the hull of what had become their floating prison, as the...

News | 24 Sep 2020

Beyond the limit of safe shipping - ITF General Secretary’s UN address

The ITF and our affiliates have been striving for practical crew change solutions from the outset of the global pandemic, when governments implemented protective...

News | 24 Sep 2020 Press Release

Crew change crisis risks becoming forced labour epidemic as tragedy hits six-month mark on World Maritime Day

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has slammed government inaction to alleviate the crew change crisis, declaring that current Covid-19 border...

News | 20 Sep 2020 Press Release

Covid corner-cutting will lead to deaths, ‘environmental catastrophe’ – new shipping report

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has issued a stark warning that if temporary short cuts adopted in the industry during the Covid-19 pandemic...

News | 17 Sep 2020 Press Release

SG-STAR Fund: First global tripartite initiative to support countries for crew change

Joint release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC), International Chamber of Shipping...

News | 13 Sep 2020

Stranded at Sea: ITF addressing abandonment in the Arab World

A growing number of crew abandoned on ships in the Arab World without pay, food or water are receiving assistance from the ITF Arab World and Iran Network to...

News | 12 Sep 2020

Companies must take crew change opportunities in the UK and elsewhere - ITF

The repatriation of seven Myanmar crew members from a Korean-owned vessel via the United Kingdom shows that crew change is still possible during the crew change...

News | 12 Sep 2020

ITF helps Philippine, Turkish crews fly home via Brazil

Eight seafarers return to the Philippines after more than a year at sea The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) intervened to ensure a seafarer...