Leading maritime charity responds to new Seafarers’ Charter

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Thousands of seafarers will be guaranteed fair wages, proper rest periods and suitable training thanks to a new Seafarers’ Charter launched by the UK government this week.

Responding to the new Seafarers’ Charter, CEO of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board Stuart Rivers commented: “We are reassured to hear that seafarers will be better protected and supported as part of this nine-point plan.

“Seafarers’ welfare was destroyed by the actions of P&O Ferries to sack hundreds of staff last year – and the industry is still recovering.

“But, while the devil is in the detail on how this plan will work, this is a step in the right direction for long-term progress. As the National Seafarers’ Welfare Board and the umbrella charity for 43 maritime welfare charities, we will continue to champion, protect and enhance the wellbeing of seafarers and fishers across the world.”

The MNWB is the umbrella charity for the UK Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets based in Southampton.

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