ITF Addresses Unfair Treatment of Seafarers in Maritime Incidents

Learn how the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is addressing the unjust treatment of seafarers in response to maritime incidents and suspected crimes. Criminalization is a major issue affecting seafarers, with many being detained without fair treatment. The ITF has released a guide to educate and support seafarers facing legal challenges. Contact Nautilus for assistance during investigations.
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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is addressing the unfair treatment of seafarers involved in incidents and suspected maritime crimes. Seafarers often face detention and lack access to fair play and justice when they are involved in maritime accidents or pollution infringements. In recent years, seafarers have also been detained as suspects of crimes like smuggling illicit cargo or anchoring illegally while awaiting port entry clearance.

The ITF has released a PDF guide outlining the issue of criminalization and their efforts to combat it at an international level. The guide provides examples of cases where the ITF has helped liberate seafarers, such as the MSC Capucine R and the Wakashio. It also offers guidelines for seafarers facing investigations, including the importance of legal advice and understanding their rights during statements to investigation authorities.

Seafarers facing investigations or interactions with authorities are advised to contact Nautilus for representation during interviews and official inquiries. Nautilus can provide support globally and help seafarers navigate legal processes. Seafarers can reach out to their national branch or contact Nautilus via email, phone, or chat for assistance. The ITF toolkit document is available for download for more information on how to protect seafarers’ rights in cases of criminalization.

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