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IMO sec-gen highlights seafarers abandonment issue

IMO sec-gen highlights seafarers abandonment issue
IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim has put the issue of seafarer abandonment on the agenda.

With the shipping industry facing difficult markets there has been a rise in the number of cases of seafarers abandoned, unpaid on their vessels around the globe. 

“We have a human duty to protect seafarers, and we must not hide from it,” Lim said in his opening remarks at a joint IMO-Consular Corps of London event last week.

The legal framework surrounding seafarer abandonment was presented by members of the IMO legal team, headed by Director Fred Kenney and also included a system overview by Jan de Boer focusing on the joint IMO-ILO database on reported incidents of abandonment of seafarers – a tool that is helping to provide a basis for solving abandonment cases.

The seminar was ahead of the annual Day of the Seafarer on Sunday which was themed #SeafarersMatter.

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