IMO/ILO - Request for information on the mistreatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident

Being concerned about the welfare of seafarers who may be detained in a foreign port

when a ship is involved in a casualty, the IMO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted in 2006 "Guidelines on fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident" (see Weekly NEWS No. 31/2006 dated 4 August 2006). The Guidelines were developed by a Joint IMO/ILO Ad Hoc Expert Working Group on Fair Treatment of Seafarers in the Event of a Maritime Accident (Joint Group) and were circulated by the IMO in Circular letter No. 2711, dated 26 June 2006. Member Governments were invited to implement the Guidelines as from 1 July 2006.


In October 2007, the Legal Committee of the IMO agreed with a decision taken in March 2007 by the ILO Governing Body to reconvene the Joint Group for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of the Guidelines. One aspect of this monitoring process is the collection of information on cases of mistreatment of seafarers.


The Joint IMO/ILO Secretariat requests that any information concerning the mistreatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident, whether such information relates to cases involving accidents in waters subject to the jurisdiction of a particular country, or involving seafarers who are citizens or residents of a particular country, be transmitted

either to the IMO:

by letter (address: 4 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SR, United Kingdom) or

by fax (+44 (0)207 587 3210), or

by e-mail (; or


or to the ILO:

by letter (address: 4, route des Morillons, CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland) or

by fax (+41227997050) or

by e-mail (


All information received will be passed to the Joint Group for its consideration.


INTERTANKO encourages its members to notify their flag states if they should feel that their crew have experienced any mistreatment, and to request that the flag state submits the information as per the above request, circulated by the IMO/ILO in Circular Letter 2825.


Contact: Fredrik Larsson