746 - 03/11 - Crew ILO documentation UPDATE - Brazil

Brazilian authorities have agreed to suspend the implementation of immigration fines against ship owners whose seafarers are from countries which are not signatories  to  ILO  C108  (Seafarers  Identification  Document  Convention  1958)  or  C185  (Seafarers  Identification  Document  Convention  2003).


  In  a  circular  issued  to  all  P&I  Clubs  by  Mario  Brothers,  Ltd.  it  was  stated  that  “Recife  Immigration  Authorities  received  formal  instructions  from  the  Federal  Police  headquarters  in  Brasilia  this  afternoon  (21  January  2011)  to  SUSPEND  all  the  deeds  of  infringements  against  crewmembers  with  seaman’s  books  issued  in  countries  not  signatory  of  ILO  108and  185.  Future  vessels  will  also  not  be  fined  until  authorities  in  Brasilia  make  a  formal  definitive  decision.”    


In  December  2010,  Brazilian  authorities  in  the  ports  of  Suape  and  Recife  started  imposing  immigration  fines  and  restrictions  on  seafarers  from  countries  which  are  not  signatories  to  ILO  C108  or  C185.  These  seafarers  were  prohibited  from  disembarking  from  their  ships  and  entering  Brazilian  ports  and  immigration  fines  were  levied  on  ship  owners  supplying  these  foreign  seafarers.  The  fines  amounted  to  BRL  827,000 (USD  500)  for  every  non‐complying  crewmember.  


According  to  Mario  Brothers  Ltd.,  P&I  Clubs  of  Brazil  together  with  local  port  agents  negotiated  with  Brazil’s  Chief  of  Immigration  to  resolve  the  issue  which  has  caused  political  reactions  from those countries  affected.  


The  Philippines  has  not  ratified  C108  or  C185  thus  exposing  foreign  ship  owners  and  their  Filipino  crew  members  to  sanctions.  The  JMG  has  made  strong  representations  with  the  different  Philippine  government  agencies,  particularly  the  Maritime  Industry  Authority,  the  Department  of  Labour  and  Employment  and  the  Department  of  Foreign  Affairs,  in  order  to  help  resolve  the  problem  and  move  towards  the  early  ratification  of  C185  by  the  Philippine  Senate.  C185  is  the  current  convention  of  the  ILO  which  remains  to  be  ratified  by  the  Philippine  Senate.  



Source of Information:  Loss Prevention dept.

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