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Indian union slams 'hypocritical' IMO over failing seafarers during pandemic

Indian union slams 'hypocritical' IMO over failing seafarers during pandemic

The International Maritime Organization has been slammed for hypocrisy over its 'idealistic' World Maritime Day theme which prioritises the environment over seafarers.

In a searing criticism of the 'Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable planet' theme, National Union of Seafarers of India General Secretary Abdulgani Serang said: 'It is my firm opinion [the theme] is only idealistic in nature, for the feel good factor, and smacks of hypocrisy and double standards against the seafarers during the Covid-19 pandemic.'

Seafarers had been conveniently forgotten, Mr Serang said.

'Instead of "Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet", let's talk about "Sustaining Seafarers for Sustainable Shipping", he said.

In 2017 The Directorate General of Shipping said there were 154,349 Indian seafarers employed on ships worldwide, or 9.35% of the global pool.

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