6 October 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT registers support for Coastguard Agency’s detention of ship for exploitation of crew.
SEAFARERS’ Union RMT has registered its support for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s detention of the Maltese registered offshore supply vessel, Ben Nevis in Aberdeen yesterday for infringements of the Maritime Labour Convention.
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT warned at the start of the pandemic that seafarer welfare standards would suffer from the arrival of more ships in the North Sea with exploited crew on board.
“Operators in the oil and gas and renewables sector must improve due diligence in their supply chains to raise employment standards and increase jobs for local seafarers. Ratings on the Ben Nevis are paid a basic $6.35 per hour, which is illegal on these routes but the employer is trying to get out of paying even that.
“It is good to see the MCA using their Port State Control powers to protect crew from this sort of abuse but we cannot continue to let charter parties off the hook when the illegal treatment of seafarers is exposed.”