Sunday, November 15, 2009

Container And Bulk Carrier Shipping Lines Donate Aid To Philippine Disaster

London Industrial Relations Meeting Sees $50,000 Donation via Mariners Organisations
Shipping News Feature

LONDON – As detailed here before those in the maritime community are always amongst the first to step up when a disaster affects their global community. After the recent tropical storms Ketsana and Parma left hundreds dead and injured with thousands more evacuated the international community rushed to offer humanitarian aid.

This week, at a London meeting at the offices of the International Maritime Employers Committee (IMEC) a joint negotiating committee charged with coordinating the affair handed over a deed of donation in the sum of $50,000 to directly assist victims. IMEC members number container carriers, bulk and tanker vessels, reefers and RoRo companies amongst their number many of whom employ sizeable numbers of the quarter of a million Filipinos who work at sea.

The tropical storms Parma and Ketsana are known in the Philippines by their PAGASA names of Pepeng and Ondoy respectively. PAGASA is the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration who are responsible for warning of inclement weather in the region.

The joint negotiating group consists of IMEC, an organisation devoted to maritime industrial relations and representing 145,000 mariners of virtually every nationality working for over a hundred companies on five and a half thousand ships, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) the global organisation speaking for seafarers trade unions in all the major maritime nations, the International Mariners Management Association of Japan, representing 94 major Japanese with over 2000 vessels and forty thousand plus crew plus other representatives from the Evergreen Container Line.