Posted on April 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
On April the 17th, workers from a European Bulk Services (EBS) terminal in the port of Rotterdam, refused to unload the Cayman Islands-flagged Bulk Carrier, Puma in what is perceived as an act of solidarity towards the ship’s crew.
The German-owned Puma belongs to the shipping company Blumenthal, which recently has faced a number of complaints over the alleged treatment of its seafarers.
Reportedly, the Captain of the Puma refused to let an International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) inspector board the vessel in order to check the working conditions and the condition of the crew.
FNV Havens, is a member of the ITF and works with the organization to monitor the rights of seafarers in the Netherlands.
"The port workers find it unacceptable that Blumenthal refuses an ITF inspector and does not want to make collective agreements. That is why the harbour workers decided to boycott the MV Puma and not to unload the ship. We respect this spontaneous act of solidarity,"
Back in March, the Blumenthal owned bulk-carrier Anna-Elisabeth was detained in Australia after an ITF investigator discovered issues when it comes to the treatment of the seafarers aboard the vessel, citing topics such as: shore leave, lack of provisions, bullying and concern about minimum safe manning and crew qualifications.
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