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P&O Ferries: Port of Dover refuses welfare check

ニュース 記者発表資料 20 Apr 2022

Officials at the Port of Dover yesterday refused access to ITF Inspectors who were present in order to investigate welfare issues that had been raised by replacement crew members on board P&O Ferries’ vessels in the port.

ITF Inspectors have ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) code clearance, which enables them to enter all UK ports and board all vessels in UK waters where seafarers request assistance.

Despite emailing ahead of time as a courtesy and completing the online security course required, the Port Police refused the inspectors access on the day, on the basis that they had no advance warning of the inspectors’ visit. The inspectors are not obliged to provide prior warning to ports or vessel owners of impending visits to inspect vessels or investigate abuse of seafarers’ rights.

The inspectors say that the port officials phoned P&O Ferries while the inspectors were present, awaiting a decision on their access.

One of the inspectors, Tommy Molloy, commented that: “As an ITF Inspector in the UK for 17 years this is the first time I have been refused access to a UK port to investigate crew welfare issues.”

“Experience shows us that if non-compliant employers are tipped off to our inspections, often crew members get threatened and incriminating documentation goes missing. Our inspections are random by nature and by necessity.”

ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton said: “P&O Ferries have shown that they have no regard for the law, it’s staggering that the Port of Dover would prevent access to ITF Inspectors who are simply there to check on crew welfare and the safety of the ships.”

“ITF Inspectors across the world are at the frontline of protecting safety standards for seafarers and the vessels they crew. We have grave reservations about why they would be denied access, especially following MCA detentions related to safety concerns and crew familiarity of the vessels.” 

“We call on the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps to find answers as to why our inspectors were blocked, and give a commitment that it won’t happen again,” said Cotton.

The ITF has notified the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency about the incident as a violation of the ISPS Code.

Notes to Editors:

Media contact:  media[at]itf.org.uk

Media alert:

Demonstration against mass sackings of P&O seafarers and DP World’s global governance failuresThursday 21 April 2022, 17:00-16:00 | DP World, 16 Palace St, London SW1E 5JQ 

Following the illegal mass sacking of 800 P&O Ferries’ seafarers, union leaders from across the globe will descend on owner DP World’s London headquarters to express global condemnation at the company’s treatment of the P&O Ferries seafarers and failure to live up to its own values. 

The ITF alongside RMT and Nautilus will demand that:

  • DP World adheres to acceptable global governance standards and national laws
  • The company fires P&O Ferries’ CEO Peter Hebblethwaite
  • DP World commits to working with the ITF and our affiliates across all DP World owned subsidiaries to ensure that no worker in their global operations is ever treated with such disrespect again.

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