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German human rights law could be catalyst for shipping action

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German legislation on human rights and the environment could be a much-needed catalyst for shipping to get its house in order on seafarer welfare.

““It is a major milestone pushing businesses to assume full responsibility for their supply chains,” Alibra Shipping said in a research note.

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London Brokerage Alibra Shipping calls for global legislation to protect seafarers.

German legislation on human rights and the environment could be a much-needed catalyst for shipping to get its house in order on seafarer welfare.

This is the view of London shipbroker Alibra Shipping, which says the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act could lead the fight against modern slavery in the maritime industry.

“It is a major milestone pushing businesses to assume full responsibility for their supply chains,” Alibra said in a research note.

Mr Giuseppe Rosano of Alibra Shipping
Mr Giuseppe Rosano of Alibra Shipping

“This is a positive move forward, particularly for the shipping industry, where forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery are not terms that are often used,” the London Brokerage added.

Alibra noted a rising number of crew abandonment cases, calling it an industry-wide problem. The International Transport Workers’ Federation has reported that seafarers worldwide are owed over $12m in wages.

“Sanctions should be issued against shipowners and operators who persistently disregard international labour and safety laws or violate seafarers’ employment agreements,” Alibra Shipping said.

By Gary Dixon (London)

(Originally published at Tradewindsnews.com – 26 April 2024)