We are approaching June 25th, 2021, and celebrating the Day of the Seafarer, which is a way to recognise the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at high personal cost to themselves and their families.
In episode 165, you meet Frank Coles, currently on gardening leave from Wallem, and get to listen to his view about a fair future for seafarers, the IMO theme for the 2021 Day of the Seafarer.
Frank is speaking his mind about many things that need to change for the seafarers to have a fair future.
– a clear career path
– getting paid
– getting fed
– getting to go home
– allowed breaks to get some rest also when in port
Frank is an outspoken advocate for the seafarers. Of course, not all of you will agree with him, but at least he is contributing to the conversation that we must have.
What is your view on what Frank has to say? Please let me know.
I find it very difficult for seafarers to come to a consensus and battle at once and for all their rights. I wish it was possible.
Captain Rohit Kumar Singh
Could not agree more. Manning agencies, Owners, are all taking us Seafarers for granted. Everything about hard work is based ashore. There are no more “Pats on the Back”. It’s a very good thought and perhaps the only one which will make the world realise the importance of the people i.e. THE SEAFARERS, who are at the forefront.
A hard hitting interview given by a man that feels passonly about the marine industry. The present COVID-19 pandemic just underlines the feeling that shipowners, charterers and goverments have towards seafarers and their families.
So much for the MLC levelling up and improving conditions across the industry, failed at the first hurdle.