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News | 19 Aug 2021 Press Release

San Marino sets up business as a ship registry despite being landlocked

Tiny, landlocked San Marino on the Italian peninsula has no clear maritime connections, which are usually the basis for a country setting up a flag registry....

News | 06 Aug 2021 Press Release

Countries that take the money and run: new FOC countries listed

The ITF has added seven countries to its list of flags of convenience. These are countries which take registration fees but then typically avoid any of the...

News | 25 Jun 2021 Press Release

Day of the Seafarer is meaningless without vaccines and our rights restored

Today is Day of the Seafarer and this year's theme is ‘a future fair for seafarers’. But there is little point contemplating what a fair future looks...

News | 19 May 2019 Press Release

Seafarers condemn working conditions on board Blumenthal ships

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have been contacted by current and ex-crew members who have told distressing stories of intimidation,...

News | 27 Mar 2019 Press Release

German bulk carrier detained after crew complain of no food, bullying and denial of shore leave

The complaints from on board the Flag of Convenience (FoC) vessel berthed at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal were received by the International Transport Workers’...

News | 13 Feb 2019 Press Release

BHP ignores pleas to help starving crew

A seafarer aboard an 80,000-tonne bulk carrier, the Villa Deste, contacted the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) pleading for help. The starving...

News | 07 Feb 2019 Press Release

Wage theft exposed on BlueScope chartered ship

Wage theft aboard a BlueScope chartered foreign-flagged ship in Port Kembla has been exposed after intervention from the International Transport Workers’...

News | 25 Jan 2019 Press Release

ITUC joins opposition to BHP’s decision to end 100 years of Australian shipping

BHP Billiton the Anglo-Australian multinational mining company headquartered in Australia has dumped its Australian crew from two vessels that carried iron ore from...