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December

20 December 2012
Fatal attack off Nigeria adds to concerns

20 December 2012
European unions call for fair treatment of crews

14 December 2012
"Trans Pacific" maritime workers oppose trade deal

14 December 2012
Confronting piracy off Togo

7 December 2012
Gemini hostages finally freed after 19 months

7 December 2012
ITF Seafarers’ Trust aims are “noble and worth pursuing”

7 December 2012
New safety measures for cruise ships  


November

30 November 2012
UK detains 13 ships

30 November 2012
Hostages' families protest in India

23 November 2012
Assistance for starving crew on board ship docked in US port

22 November 2012
ITF calls on shipping companies to raise concerns with US retailer

16 November 2012
New UK charity for seafarers

16 November 2012
Asphalt Venture hostages two years on

9 November 2012
ITF aids crew stranded in Taiwan  

9 November 2012
Navy rescues Iranian crew   

9 November 2012
$1.2m fine for "magic pipe" oil dumping

2 November 2012
African maritime unions commit to new labour convention

2 November 2012
Rena owners fined $300,000  


October

26 October 2012
ITF aids crew stranded off Colombo

25 October 2012
Black Sea unions in show of international solidarity with Turkey DHL workers

19 October 2012
ITF concerns over poor employment practices at UK ferry company

17 October 2012
First all-female intake of ITF-sponsored students enrols at World Maritime University

12 October 2012
Tanker hijacked and then freed off Ivory Coast

12 October 2012
Concerns in Ireland about ship's condition

5 October 2012
ITF aids crew stranded at sea for 14 months

5 October 2012
ITF gives support to crew who want to go home

5 October 2012
Robbery alert in Indonesia


September

28 September 2012
World Maritime Day focuses on passenger shipping safety

28 September 2012
The campaign against piracy continues

21 September 2012
Third East Asia action week brings results

21 September 2012
India approves armed guards

21 September 2012
Julia crew win back pay of $100,000

18 September 2012
Women's vital role promoted in Egyptian seafarer workshop

14 September 2012
Third East Asia action week of the year

14 September 2012
Strikes in Chile to defend the nation's shipping

14 September 2012
West Africa becomes hot spot for pirate attacks

14 September 2012
ITF assists crew owed wages of $100,000

11 September 2012
ITF inspectors expose cadet death scandal

7 September 2012
Naval forces warn shipping to keep vigilant against piracy


August

31 August 2012
Fishers face hazards at work

31 August 2012
Oil tanker pirated off West Africa

31 August 2012
US jails ship surveyor for false safety certificates

23 August 2012
UK calls for anti-piracy operation to be extended

23 August 2012
Seafarers’ bill of rights to come into force

17 August 2012
US continues legal action against polluting vessels

3 August 2012
Relief for seafarers released from pirates

3 August 2012
New emission controls take effect

2 August 2012
Ukrainian crewing agents get on board the Maritime Labour Convention


July

26 July 2012
EU mission to tackle piracy in Somalia

26 July 2012
Bill to save US seafaring jobs

26 July 2012
Alaska opposes low-sulphur fuel for ships

20 July 2012
Somali pirate attacks fall but new dangers off West Africa

13 July 2012
Unions take action to support crews in East Asia

13 July 2012
Mozambique backs anti-piracy code

13 July 2012
More ships banned from Europe

6 July 2012
Warship rescues captured seafarers

6 July 2012
Georgians look after visiting seafarers


June

29 June 2012
The "shame" of Black Sea shipping

29 June 2012
More hostages die at the hands of pirates

29 June 2012
Women seafarers in the spotlight at Jakarta meeting

22 June 2012
ITF presses need for action against piracy

22 June 2012
Union welcomes US spotlight on NZ fishing

21 June 2012
Unions back call for containers to be weighed

21 June 2012
Sea cadets in Mexico get the message on HIV

15 June 2012
Mauritius agrees to prosecute pirate suspects

15 June 2012
Moroccan seafarers return home

7 June 2012
Cyprus approves armed guards

7 June 2012
Seafarers fly home after 10-month ordeal in Yemen

7 June 2012
ITF helps Filipino crew get home from Europe

7 June 2012
US court fines company $1.2m for pollution cover-up


May

31 May 2012
IMO agrees guidance for private security guards

31 May 2012
MCP Kopenhagen signs ITF agreement after Australian campaign

31 May 2012
UK unions press need for work permits

31 May 2012
Stranded crew arrested – and then paid

25 May 2012
Captain found guilty of dumping plastic waste

25 May 2012
Rena captain and officer jailed for oil spill

25 May 2012
ITF exposes low wages for crew in Australia

25 May 2012
US court upholds pirate convictions

24 May 2012
New Zealand flags foreign-owned fishing vessels

24 May 2012
European social partners sign agreement on decent work on fishing vessels

18 May 2012
First EU airstrikes against pirates in Somalia

11 May 2012
Poland signs up to seafarers' "bill of rights"

11 May 2012
Pirates hijack tanker

11 May 2012
ITF aids crew stranded in Nova Scotia

10 May 2012
Dockers take action in Morocco to support stranded seafarers

9 May 2012
Wages won for crew on board Liberian-flagged vessel

4 May 2012
ITF helps crew left without food and pay

3 May 2012
US convicts pirate hostage negotiator

3 May 2012
India allows Enrica Lexie to leave

3 May 2012
ITF assists crews of arrested ships

3 May 2012
Remembering Tom Heffer


April

27 April 2012
Justice for seafarers?

27 April 2012
Rise of piracy off West Africa causes concerns

27 April 2012
VIP shore visit to Fulham FC

20 April 2012
Hostages freed from Somali pirates

20 April 2012
Crew strike in France for wage arrears

20 April 2012
Asbestos warning for Australian seafarers

13 April 2012
Rescues counter Somali pirates

13 April 2012
Rena owner charged with spillage

5 April 2012
SOS anti-piracy campaign backs Indian seafarers

5 April 2012
UK detains 15 ships


March

30 March 2012
EU agrees to target Somali pirates on land

30 March 2012
$2m fine for ship polluter

29 March 2012
Armed robbery still a threat for shipping

29 March 2012
Italian marines back in India to face trial

23 March 2012
West Africa waters are now high piracy risk

23 March 2012
Seafarers' Trust celebrates 30 years

16 March 2012
Indian hostages rescued as pirate attacks continue

16 March 2012
24 states back seafarers' bill of rights

16 March 2012
ITF in Georgia enhances shore leave

2 March 2012
St Kitts signs up to seafarers' bill of rights

2 March 2012
Hostage rescue ends in tragedy

2 March 2012
FOC oil tanker jumps UK detention


February

24 February 2012
London conference focuses on next steps for Somalia

24 February 2012
Company pays out $90m for Deepwater Horizon spill

17 February 2012
East Asia week of action leads to new deals on ships

17 February 2012
ITF demands action for stranded Moroccan crews

17 February 2012
UAE calls on region to lead response to piracy

17 February 2012
Rig workers in the UK paid less than the minimum wage

16 February 2012
New Zealand dockers will not be silenced

10 February 2012
The cost of Somali piracy – up to $7bn    

10 February 2012
ITF aids seafarers stranded in Burma

9 February 2012
ITF unions campaign against "social dumping" in the North Sea

3 February 2012
Philippines backs armed guards

3 February 2012
Kandla welfare centre launched

3 February 2012
Research checks out fatigue for watchkeepers


January

27 January 2012
Philippines backs seafarer ID

27 January 2012
Naval forces free Indian hostages

27 January 2012
SOS campaign targets CEOs

27 January 2012
$1.2 million fines for "magic pipe" crimes

27 January 2012
Dockers’ unionist suspension at Malaysia port must be withdrawn, says ITF

26 January 2012
Fundraising to support Georgian seafarers held hostage by pirates

25 January 2012
ITF intervention leads to post-accident agreement for Costa Concordia crew

20 January 2012
Poverty pay unveiled on flag of convenience vessels in south-east Asia

20 January 2012
Fall in piracy but Somali threat remains

20 January 2012
Hawaii fines shipowner $1.15m for pollution

20 January 2012
Shipbreaking dangers for South Asia

18 January 2012
ITF support for families of fishers missing in Irish waters

13 January 2012
Grounded Rena splits apart off New Zealand

13 January 2012
Pirates free Olib G

13 January 2012
Stranded Ukrainian crew to return home

6 January 2012
Union aids crew stranded in Kazakhstan

6 January 2012
Pirates hijack tanker

6 January 2012
Stranded Arena hit by cyclone

5 January 2012
Union campaign blocks Russian law


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