Maritime security and seafarers’ welfare: Towards harmonization

This article examines the negative situation surrounding seafarers’ welfare in the post 9–11 shipping world. Its main focus is the denial of shore leave which has become a prime source of disharmony since the implementation of post 9–11 security measures. It discusses the implementation of these measures which has been at the expense of seafarers’ customary right to shore leave.The article co-opts the theory of objectification to explain negative attitudes to seafarers’ welfare and argues that seafarers’ welfare is not given priority by all those involved and that this is as a result of their objectification. Objectification explains how the seafarers’ humanity is denied resulting in prejudicial and other negative treatment towards them. The conclusion drawn is that until seafarers are made the subjects of the shipping industry, until the people who man the ships are given the respect they deserve, there will always be tension. Seafarers’ humanity must be returned to the deliberations and activities of the industry as a starting point towards harmonization between welfare and security.


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  • Accession Number: 01606621
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 9:21AM