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Database on reported incidents of abandonment of seafarers

Database of reported cases of abandonment

This database contains a regularly updated list of vessels that have been reported to the ILO as abandoned in various ports of the world by appropriate organizations. It specifically includes information on seafarers and fishers, who have been abandoned and their current status.

Database. During its fifth meeting, the Joint IMO/ILO Ad Hoc Expert Working Group on Liability and Compensation regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and Abandonment of Seafarers (Joint Working Group), held in London at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) from 12 to 14 January 2004, expressed the need for a database on abandonment cases, to be set up as soon as feasible.

The ILO carried out the relevant studies and it was decided, in consultation with the IMO Secretariat, to host the database. The ILO wishes to express its appreciation to International Ship Suppliers & Services Association (ISSA) for its support in making this database possible.

More information on the joint IMO/ILO database management, including the definition of the terms used in it, such as resolved case as opposed to unresolved, disputed or inactive cases, is available in the detailed procedure.

How to report? Governments and relevant organizations are invited to send the appropriate information to the ILO in the form [PDF template] provided in IMO/ILO/WGLCCS5/3, Annex 2, page 7:

    - by e-mail to: (preferable); OR
    - by fax to: +41 22 799 70 50

If and when a case of abandonment is deemed to be related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization or Government reporting the case can include the relevant information in the “Circumstances” box of the PDF template.

Who can report? Flag States, port States, labour-sending States, and NGOs with consultative or observer status in IMO or in ILO.
Seafarers or fishers who want an abandonment case to be reported may wish to consult their trade union or contact their consulate or flag State. Advice may be sought through the ILO, the IMO, the ICS, the ITF, or the ISSA (see section ‘Related links’).

Why report? Because it alerts all relevant parties, enables an early deployment of efforts, helps prevent the deterioration of abandonment cases in the long term and paves the way to their prompt and appropriate resolution. It is recalled that the financial security system established by the MLC, 2006 is limited to four months of outstanding wages and other entitlements.

NB: The designations employed in this database, which are in conformity with United Nations practice, and the presentation of material therein do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the International Labour Office concerning the legal status of any country, area or territory or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers. The flag abbreviations and register names used are those contained in Lloyd's Maritime Directory.

This database contains a list of vessels which were reported to have been abandoned. They were submitted to the International Labour Office by participants of the Joint ILO/IMO Ad Hoc Expert Working Group on Liability and Compensation Regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and Abandonment of Seafarers as well as ILO and IMO member States.

All information contained in this database is the sole responsibility of the reporting organizations, since ILO and IMO are not in a position to validate their correctness.

The content of the database is limited to vessels which were reported to have been abandoned after 1 January 2004. In case no date of abandonment has been reported, the date of notification of the reporting organization is displayed as date of abandonment.

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