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Bangladesh ferry sinking, ITF comment

Commenting on Friday’s Bangladesh ferry sinking, Nick Bramley, chair of the ITF inland navigation section and Nautilus International senior national secretary in Switzerland, said: “This is another totally avoidable accident that – like so many in Asia and Africa – will doubtless be linked to failing regulation, lack of enforcement, dangerous working and overcrowding.
“This latest incident shows the crying need for decent standards for vessels, for proper enforcement, and for training and certification for crew members.”
He continued: “These dangerous conditions are exactly what our affiliated union the Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation has been repeatedly warning about for years.”

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For more information contact ITF press officer, Sam Dawson. Direct line: + 44 (0)20 7940 9260. Email: dawson_sam@itf.org.uk

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