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Protecting rights for seafarers in UAE waters

18 May 2018

The ITF has signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Transport Authority (FTA) to protect the rights of all seafarers operating in UAE waters. The ground-breaking memorandum of understanding, signed 

at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) head office in London, commits the two bodies to working together to protect seafarers’ rights, such as in cases of abandonment by shipowners and operators. 

Commenting on the agreement, which is the first of its kind between a government authority and the ITF, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “This is a significant opportunity to work with our partners in the UAE to bring seafarers and workers’ safety to the forefront of the conversation. This agreement … will hopefully pave the way for similar agreements in other territories.”


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