RMT - National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

10/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2020 06:51

RMT condemns attempts to sail the detained Ben Nevis from Aberdeen ‎in flagrant breach of international maritime law

SEAFARERS' UNION RMT today condemned efforts by Global Offshore Services to sail the detained Ben Nevis offshore supply ship from Aberdeen, despite Maritime Labour Convention offences against the crew being unresolved.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

'This is a disgraceful attempt by Global Offshore Services to put the Ben Nevis back to sea whilst seafarers still have unsettled wages, in breach of international maritime law. RMT is concerned for the welfare of those seafarers and their families who have gone unpaid for months.

'This is not the first instance of Indian owned and crewed vessels undermining international law in UK waters and we call upon Government and industry to look closer at those parties responsible for this abuse.

'We need cabotage laws in UK waters which build stronger national minimum standards in alliance with the Maritime Labour Convention in order to drive out employers in the maritime supply chain who profit from employing seafarers on terms and conditions which constitute modern slavery.'