UN Warns Against Naval Strike On Yemen Port

by Yara Bayoumy (Reuters)  The United Nations does not advocate a military operation in and around Yemen's Hodeidah port where more than 70 percent of Yemen's food imports and humanitarian aid is delivered, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen said on Friday. Yemen has been divided by two years of civil war that pits the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Western-backed … [Read more...]

Why Gender Diversity Matters Aboard Ships

By Captain George Livingstone The United Nation’s has declared the month of March as International Women’s Month so it seemed right to review the subject of women in marine transportation for this column.  The IMO estimates there are about 1.2 Million seafarers crewing vessels on the ocean trades.  Arguably one of the world’s most culturally diverse … [Read more...]

IMO, UN Agencies Call for Swift Action to Address Maritime Migration

The International Maritime Organization and other UN agencies are calling for a concerted effort from the international community in response to the staggering loss of life, trauma and human rights violations affecting migrants traveling by sea. In a joint statement Thursday, the IMO, along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High … [Read more...]

U.N. Blacklists Operator of North Korean Ship Seized in Panama

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, July 28 (Reuters) - A U.N. Security Council committee on Monday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, and raised concerns about Cuba's military cooperation with Pyongyang. The North Korea (DPRK) sanctions committee designated Ocean Maritime … [Read more...]

Abandoned Seafarers Win More Protection Under MLC Amendment

More than 300 representatives of seafarers, shipowners and governments, meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO), have taken concrete steps to protect abandoned seafarers and provide financial security for compensation in cases of death and long-term disability due to occupational injury or hazard. The new measures are also aimed at improving the world’s shipping … [Read more...]