Published on November 20, 2013
Mission to Seafarers Australia Council Regional Ports Conference Geelong 2013 Focus on Seafarers, the Maritime Labour Convention and Shore Based Welfare Support
The Human element is vital to the safe operation of ships ‘The standard of safety of a ship is dependent not only on the health of the ship but more on the health of the seafarers in charge of the operation of the ship.’ – M. Fuazadeen Head of Maritime Training and Human Element, IMO
Mission To Seafarers in Australia The Mission to Seafarers currently has 28 shore based seafarers centres in Australian ports, including 23 in regional ports, and welcomes around 200,000 seafarers to our centres each year. The Centres are manned by 30 paid staff including Chaplains and some 450 volunteers. The cost of operating In Australia as a charity, relying almost solely on donations, is $3.5million per year.
Mission To Seafarers in Australia Mission to Seafarers port based seafarer welfare centres are the first point of contact for seafarers visiting Australia – for some their only contact with Australians during their visit. The seafarers know us and they trust us. We have proven this to generations of seafarers for over a hundred years of continuous service to them in Australia.
The ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) came into force internationally on the 20th August 2013 The MLC is aimed at improving the life of the hard working seafarer under the five titles of: 1. Minimum requirements for seafarers to work on ships 2. Conditions of employment 3. Accommodation, recreational facilities, food & catering 4. Health protection, medical care, welfare & social security provisions 5. Compliance & enforcement.
Regulation 4.4 – Access to shore-based welfare facilities Purpose: To ensure that seafarers working on board a ship have access to shore-based facilities and services to secure their health and well-being Each Member State should provide or ensure the provision of such welfare facilities and services as may be required, in appropriate ports of the country Financial support for port welfare facilities should be made available
Corporate Values & Moral/Social Responsibility For the community Values are basic, fundamental, enduring and meant to be acted upon. (Psychology Today) The Mission to Seafarers offers as a means to provide tangible evidence of ports meeting their Value statement and Moral/Social Responsibility obligations
Access to Shore Based Welfare Why is this so important? A 2004 ILO study taken ahead of the development of the MLC stated that there is increasing concern that lack of shore leave is having a detrimental affect on the physical and mental health of seafarers and contributing to isolation, fatigue, depression and stress.
Importance of shipping to the Australian Economy Around 90% of all Australia imports and exports are carried by sea amounting to some $560 Billion in 2012. (derived from DFAT website 2012 data) For the first time in our history development in Australia is being driven almost solely by maritime transport. Regional Ports generate most of Australia's export wealth. All of this activity relies on the foreign seafarer.
Importance of Foreign Seafarers to Australia Over 99.9% of all Australian import and export cargoes are carried in foreign registered and crewed shipping. Foreign seafarers underpin Australia’s trade and prosperity. It doesn’t matter how much grain or beef we produce or how much coal or iron ore we mine, we need the foreign seafarers to operate the ships that we rely on to take our exports to the World market.
Key factor of the Human element in shipping Human element is vital to the safe operation of ships The standard of safety and efficient operation of a ship is dependent to a large degree on the health of the seafarers in charge of the operation of the ship A lack of well being impacts upon ship crew competency and performance and introduces unacceptable risks that detract from the safe operation of the vessel, at sea and in port.
Risk Factors/Issues associated with the Human Element in Shipping • Fatigue • Stress • Small crew size and increasing size and complexity of ships • Suicide • Workplace Health and Safety
Role played by Shore Based Seafarers Welfare in Human Element Risk Factors/Issues Shore based welfare facilities impact positively on seafarers lives. It responds to the human element issues I have just identified and it reduces the risk factors across a whole range of ship and port based activity from otherwise stressed, tired and poorly motivated seafarers.
How Regional Ports May Meet Their MLC Obligations Consider a Community Business partnership with Mission To Seafarers If your port does not have a shore based seafarers welfare centre then work with the Mission to Seafarers to establish such a much needed centre.
Support to the shore based seafarers centres in Australia is a low direct cost in comparison to all other industry risk mitigation costs, and is probably the most cost effective ship related human element risk mitigation measure available to government, shipowners and port operators and their clients.
Contact Details Col Brown - Executive Officer Australia Council, Mission to Seafarers Australia Incorporated Mobile : 0497 789 512 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.mts.org.au Dave Ellis - President Mission to Seafarers Brisbane Inc. Mobile: 0434 071 532 Email: email@example.com
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