Baltic Sea Roundup: 251 Vessels Inspected
International Transport Workers' Federation
13 October 2008. For immediate release
Baltic Sea roundup: 251 vessels inspected
Two hundred and fifty one vessels were inspected by joint seafarer/docker/ITF teams in coordinated operations across 10 countries in the Baltic Sea week of action which closed on Friday, the ITF has announced.
The participating countries were Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Russia. By Friday five vessel agreements had been signed, four notices of agreement received, and U$8276.70 of back pay claims resolved, with a further U$150,000 still under negotiation.
ITF Maritime Coordinator Steve Cotton commented: “Following on from the recent East Asia week of action, the Baltic week has been another excellent opportunity to perfect targeted cross-border operations and close cooperation between seafarers, dockers and ITF personnel.”