Seafarer welfare has always been a big part of the social responsibility agenda at RightShip. The crew abandonment campaign carried out in 2017 by Splash 247 signified that more needed to be done in this area, and provided an opportunity for the companies involved in abandonment cases to be held to account.
In June 2018 our team started analysing the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) abandoned vessels database, considering how this issue could be highlighted in our vetting platform RightShip Qi. Not only did this cause align with RightShip’s social responsibility agenda, but was a natural expansion to our ‘business as usual’ risk assessment of a vessel and the companies that own and manage it.
When a vessel is vetted in RightShip Qi, all companies associated with the vessel are checked to determine if they have ever been connected to this, or any other vessel, when it was abandoned. If this check finds that the vessel or company being assessed has been linked to an abandonment, warning signs are shown in Qi – however the risk (star) rating for the vessel is not affected.
Any warnings that appear are reviewed by a RightShip Vetting Superintendent to ensure that companies guilty of abandonment are not recommended to our chartering customers, and innocent parties are not disadvantage or penalised.
As an industry, transparency and timely reporting of incidents involving abandoned seafarers is crucial, and organisations need to be proactive in addressing situations where risk of abandonment is high.
With improved identification of companies responsible for vessel abandonment and the impact this has on abandoned seafarers, RightShip customers can use this information to inform vessel selection in line with their own Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.
Please contact our team for more information.