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Seafarers debate impact of migration crisis

Posted on: June 10, 2016 3:48 PM

Issues of refugee migration by sea and its effect on crews caught up in the humanitarian crisis is the focus of a presentation by the Mission to Seafarers today (10 June) in Piraeus, Greece.

The seminar, which is being chaired by charity’s Director of Development, Jos Standerwick, is discussing the impact the recent refugee crisis in the Mediterranean has had on the seafarers, and the risk and legal factors facing seafarers and the broader shipping industry.

The Mission’s Director of Justice and Public Affairs, the Revd Canon Ken Peters, will address industry concerns, including how refugees and seafarers are regarded and treated under international law.

“We cannot forget that the rescuing of refugees at sea is a highly courageous act by seafarers, and one that is often sadly ignored,” he said. “We will look at the effects of this and how the shipping industry can help tackle the risks imposed on seafarers, when they stop to help a failed attempt to cross international waters,” he said.

The Posidonia conference brings together people involved in shipping from all over the world. The Mission to Seafarers, which celebrates its 160th anniversary this year, was nominated by the conference to make a presentation.  Jos Standerwick was delighted to be selected.

“We are hugely privileged to have been chosen as the nominated charity. Launching our corporate profile will shine a wider light on the work we do and how seafarers and their families rely on us in stormy waters,”

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