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Marina, COMMA join AMOSUP in protecting seafarers from hazardous work

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The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and the Conference of Maritime Manning Agencies (COMMA) have joined forces in supporting the move of Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) to protect Filipino seafarers from being tasked  by shipowners and operators to do  the job “lashing and unlashing of cargo.”

DOCKERS AT WORK – Well-trained dock workers are shown doing actual lashing of cargo aboard a vessel at New Zealand  port. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has declared and issued a policy that lashing and unlashing (also described as de-lashing) of cargo is dockers’ work, not of seafarers. (Photo courtesy of Maritime New Zealand | Manila Bulletin)

DOCKERS AT WORK – Well-trained dock workers are shown doing actual lashing of cargo aboard a vessel at New Zealand port. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has declared and issued a policy that lashing and unlashing (also described as de-lashing) of cargo is dockers’ work, not of seafarers. (Photo courtesy of Maritime New Zealand | Manila Bulletin)

The AMOSUP headed by its president, Dr. Conrado F. Oca, earlier aired the union’s unified support to a -policy issued  by the International  Transport Workers’  Federation  (ITF)   that inhibits shipowners or principals  from asking seafarers  to do lashing and/or unlashing of cargo, as this is violative of ITF Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)  Article 3,  unless  there is a prior  agreement with the local ITF dockers’ union.  “Companies, masters or officers asking seafarers  to carry out lashing and unlashing work who do not have written permission are liable for  breach of this contract (CBA).”

Oca had  stressed the nature of such task requires specific, meticulous training, as  securing of cargo is dangerous work. “If this is done by untrained workers, this could cause serious injuries, or even death,” he said.

From Marina side, Administrator Marcial Q. C. Amaro III  announced that his agency’s maritime safety service (MSS) headed by Engr. Daniel Reyes, conducted “safe cargo-lashing and unlashing” seminar-conference last month at Bay View Plaza Hotel on Roxas boulevard, Manila. World maritime safety experts led by a Japanese team  conducted the lectures, where Marina safety personnel gained safety measures  on cargo-handling.

More seminars cum workshops of such kind were expected said Amaro and Reyes, as these are needed  by seafarers deployed aboard  cargo ships.

For his part, COMMA president Capt. Rodolfo D. Estampador, who earlier  met with Marina officials at a free-wheeling dialogue with Marina representatives  at the Manila Yacht Club, strongly signified his opposition to  require seafarers do lashing and  unlashing of cargo.

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