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Workshop on seafarers' rights in maritime labour convention 2006
Within the perspective of taking care of the maritime labour and its significance to the international shipping business, The Ministry of transport and communications, in partnership with The International transport workers Federation(ITF), held a workshop on Seafarers’ rights in the maritime labour convention 2006.The workshop was held during 10-11 July 2018 under the auspices of His Excellency Saeed Bin Hamdon Bin Saif Al-Harthy , Undersecretary of ports and maritime affairs.
The workshop saw (37) participants from various local authorities such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Council of judicial administrative affairs ,Ministry of legal affairs , ministry of manpower , Oman lawyers society ,Oman human rights commission , maritime security center ,General Federation of Oman trade union, Omani ports, Shipping agencies and ships owners in Oman.
The ministry aims to discuss in the workshop, the increasing cases of ships stopping at the Omani ports recently. It also discussed the issues arising from such stops. Various technical and legal opinions were listen to and then extracting recommendations and solutions to counter such cases that are affecting directly and indirectly the Omani ports operation activities. The workshop saw lectures presented by officials from ITF , the ministry and ports specialists.
Dr.Rashid Bin Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Kyumi , DG of maritime affairs in the ministry stated:
The holding of this workshop in coordination with ITF came to discuss seafarers rights in maritime labour convention 2006  as well highlighting seafarers status working on stopping ships in ports or the territorial waters of any country for a long period. It also highlighted the ships owners inconstancy to the local shipping agents or the ports.
He added:-
To regulate the maritime labour with all its occupational, technical and legal requirements, the ministry has coordinated with the ministry of manpower to do the needful for joining the maritime labour convention 2006 in order to protect the seafarers rights. The ministry also has taken care of all the seafarers’ affairs aspects like conducting exams, issuing certificates and regulations in accordance to the international conventions requirements. Its worth noted that the number Omani seafarers has reach more than 800.
DG of maritime affairs also noted that this workshop was held due to the increasing cases of foreign ships stopping at the ports for reason related to ship owner’s circumstances. This will force the seafarers to pay the price by staying months in the middle of the say with no payments. The Ministry saved no efforts to coordinate with the ports administrations and shipping companies to contact the ship owners and urge them to fulfil their end and manage somehow to take away their ship from the port. In cases, which we did not reach a solid result, we redirected the case to the Omani courts. We ensured that we gather all the concerned authorities in Oman during the last 2 days to collect their opinions and reach recommendation that will support the efforts in reducing such cases.