International Law and Policy on Ensuring a Healthy Seafaring Workforce

Health of the global maritime workforce is an utmost importance to the industry for purposes of human safety, environmental goals and good economic outcomes. Given the international nature of the industry, it faces many issues and challenges in attaining a healthy workforce. This paper analyses aspects of international law and policy in the attainment of this goal. Research on and initiatives of the industry are mostly focused on many other areas such as business and trade, labour and the ocean environment. Seldom is there a focus on the specific area of health and well being of its workers despite the fact that they are central in the functioning of the industry. Labour is the most elastic of all seafaring elements, which is easily impacted specially during challenging economic times. International law focusing on the health of seafarers is mostly hinged on labour laws. Most of these laws are in the form of conventions promulgated by the ILO and the IMO. Other UN agencies are also involved in minor and specific areas such as HIV/AIDS, health regulations, etc. The tripartite model used by the ILO in law and policy-making is seen as sufficient. The maritime industry is privileged to have advanced more in international laws and policies compared to other areas of international labour thus helping in placing order in the industry. It becomes a good model for other trades. There are however unaddressed areas and continuing challenges that the industry faces in safeguarding the health of workers and thus innovative and pertinent approaches should be developed.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 606-616
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2013: Trade, Supply Chain Activities and Transport: Contemporary Logistics and Maritime Issues

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  • Accession Number: 01497156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677677
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 2013 8:06PM