ITF set to help seafarers overcome massive training challenge

ITF set to help seafarers overcome massive training challenge

…commends Philippines Seafarers for decades of contributions

The International.Transport Workers Federation (ITF) General Secretary, Stephen Cotton has commended Philippines Seafarers for contributions to global shipping over the decades..

Cotton gave the commendation when global leaders representing seafarers and their unions, shipowners and other maritime employers met with Philippines President, Ferdinand Marcos Jr in Brussels, this week.

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He added that the federation was working to fill the gap of global training challenge experienced by seafarers.

His words, “The Philippines is a crewing powerhouse. Filipino seafarers have contributed much to our global shipping industry over the decades.”

“But it is not without its issues. That’s why it was encouraging for seafarers’ unions to hear President Marcos acknowledge some of those issues in Brussels. Better yet, the president has already started to take action with the establishment of a new tripartite maritime advisory body.”

“The ITF alongside our partners in IMEC and the ICS, stand willing and ready to offer our whole-of-industry insights so that the Philippines can deliver the good outcomes that we all agree Filipino crew deserve.”

“We want to make sure the Philippines is well-positioned to make the most of the opportunities coming down the line. Chief among these is helping the world to meet the massive training challenge before us as the industry needs to upgrade seafarers to operate a decarbonised global fleet. We want the Philippines to be at the table, with a fair share. After all, we’ll never get to a zero-carbon shipping sector without maritime leaders being engaged.”

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