Issue: Safety of seafarers

The Red Sea crisis and the attacks on commercial vessels

The ETF is calling once more for the safety of seafarers to be paramount. All the disruption on the supply chain, the skyrocketing of the shipping prices and the insurance coverage together with the overall impact in the economy are very serious consequences, but are only secondary commercial considerations in comparison with the risk posed for the safety of seafarers.

19 Feb 2024

ETF and ECSA express deep concerns over attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) call for immediate action to urgently address this alarming situation. The lives and safety of our seafarers are put at risk, with attacks increasing on a daily basis. Seafarers are the beating heart of the shipping industry, and their ability to perform their duties without fear for their safety is essential. 

Press Release
16 Dec 2023

No more P&Os!

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the P&O seafarers’ mass sacking, ETF expresses its support and solidarity with our affiliates in the UK. Together with them, we said it loud, in one voice: “No More P&Os!”

15 Mar 2023

For a safer and better future in seafaring

The shipping industry needs more diversity and inclusion, decent working conditions, and more robust career prospects with meaning and value. Those working in this field are responsible for making this profession more attractive.

10 Jan 2023

ETF calls on member states and the European Commission to show political will and take action for sustainable and quality shipping in Europe

A Fair and Sustainable Shipping is our proposal for a future European Maritime Space.
To start building together the foundation of such a future space, an essential aspect needs to be addressed from the very beginning: how can EU initiatives contribute to sustainable and quality shipping in Europe by promoting a race to the top instead of a race to the bottom?

10 Feb 2022