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Maritime Transport

This is a Section with many challenges. The high level of globalisation in maritime transport and the use of multinational crews, together with the proliferation of Flags of Convenience, makes it difficult to effectively implement existing regualtions in the sector. Seafarers are excluded from much of the EU social legislation. The ETF is pushing for a need for a much wider EU regulation framework, that would ensure that competition was based on the highest possible standards in safety, environmental and social terms, thus ensuring a level playing field for all those wishing to participate in carrying goods by sea between EU ports.

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News online

24 Jul 2018
An ETF plea for a human-centred approach to automation in shipping
The European institutions and marine manufacturers are playing a very active role in driving forward innovation and the development towards autonomous ships and fully integrated transport systems. The EU is awarding huge amounts of funding to...

06 Jul 2018
Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive: ETF strongly opposes exclusion of seafarers and fishermen from EU labour and social legislation
Seafarers and fishermen are often denied basic social rights that are granted to onshore workers. Now they could once again pay a heavy price. As part of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission has developed a proposal for a...
 

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Press releases

14 Jun 2018
Aquarius ship: ITF and ETF condemn actions of Italy and Malta
The ITF and ETF are deeply concerned by the refusal of Italy and Malta to meet their legal obligations of allowing the landing of the migrants who had been rescued by the Gibraltar flagged rescue ship, Aquarius. The ITF is also concerned about the...

08 Jun 2018
European and International Social Partners in the Maritime Sector call for specific procedures for seafarers to obtain Schengen visas
The European and International Social Partners in the Maritime Sector; the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International...
 

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