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Concern over effects of Trump travel ban on seafarers

3 February 2017

The UK-based maritime union Nautilus has raised concerns about the effects of the new travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump on the safety and welfare of seafarers on ships in US ports.

Writing to the UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson, the union warned that the president’s executive order could affect seafarers and shipping operations if crew members were unable to join or leave their vessels as planned. It urged the UK to seek “clarity and safeguards on the rights of British seafarers to shore leave, transit, transfer or repatriation in the US”.

The union pointed out that measures to combat terrorism should not conflict with obligations under international law, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 185 on seafarers’ identity documents, which enables seafarers to go on shore leave during their vessel’s voyage.

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