Backstabbing and the shipping

The number of owners and managers of bulk carriers, who’re afraid of sending their ships to Australia, is growing. They’re afraid, that their ships will be detained in ports under absolutely false pretext of violating Maritime Labor Convention (which is in itself, a shame), and some of crews will be coerced into going on strike, a suicidal act for both seamen and owners. An insane practice of comrades bolscheviks, who’re running Australian maritime trade union and maritime safety agency, is built on outrageously false allegations and accusations. To listen to them, one may think, that the world and Australian ports are wide open for crew changes, and the only reason we have humanitarian crews crisis on our hands, is these greedy shipowners, who don’t want to change the crews, and keep crews on board by force. I believe Australian bolscheviks aim is twofold, they’re pursuing general agenda of UN/IMO to eliminate private shipping, and locally, they’re trying to push out from Australian freight market all foreign companies, with the exception probably, of major transnational companies. If they succeed, they’ll be the ones to control Australian shipping, or so they hope.
To talk about greedy shipowners guilty in everything bad, what is happening on the planet – media, both mainstream and minor, is playing their nauseating hypocritical game of being “impartial” and “non-biased”. That is to say, that they voice one side only – UN/IMO/ILO/ITF/authorities and the rest of them, but they never allow those who’re guilty by definition, the shipwoners, to have a say, to explain what really is going on. It’s like you know, voicing an advocate hired by a mob, but blotting out mob’s victims. That’s what modern media call “impartiality”. In situations like the one we’re having now, it’s not just biased blunder, it’s nothing short of a crime. Tragedy is unfolding on board of merchant ships worldwide, media meanwhile, is doing nothing to investigate, to listen to all sides and to come up with probable solutions, on the contrary, media is pushing a campaign for worldwide crews strike, which will leave thousands of seamen stranded in ports, locked on board of ships, without payment and without repatriation perspectives. Who’s to pay for repatriation, and who’s to pay wages? Shipowners will go bankrupt, en mass. Ah yes I forgot, trade unions and charities will, most probably, provide abandoned crews with instant noodles and bottled water. Happy now?
One of industry media outlets recently came up with a thriller story of “some of charterers and shipowners”, who’re not helping crews in these times of crisis. How? Some of them, as this outlet was told by somebody, are trying to restrict internet connection at sea so that seamen won’t be able to share strike tactics. See? Bloody evil, greedy shipowners, they’re to blame. They’re culprits. Instead of committing joint suicide both by themselves and by crews by means of mass strikes, they’re trying explain to crews, why such strikes are suicidal, and not a way out, not a solution. Right now there’s a bulk carrier anchored on Koh Si Chang Anchorage, Thailand, under command of a Captain, who’s a very old friend of mine. The ship is offloading coal. Crew is overwhelmingly, Filipino. Part of crew were changed in Singapore, several days ago (he himself, managed to relieve previous Captain on the second attempt, he had to fly half the world, back and forth, greedy manager paying for everything including Business Class flights for officers and ranking crew). The rest may be changed soon, in Manila, so the ship will have to deviate from her next voyage. Captain is having talks with crew, regularly, explaining to them criminal and corrupt character of trade unions policy and practices, and lies and fakes of media which support them. And here comes industry outlet, accusing owners and managers of deploying “dark tactics”, as an excellent illustration. If there’s an example of backstabbing with capital B, here it is.
I repeat, I don’t criticize media, trade unions and so-called “maritime organizations”, because they’re robots, instruments of war, terminators. There’s no human being left to talk to, to discuss, to dispute, to jointly, work out a solution. They dump whatever integrity they had, long time ago, in the name of their despicable carriers and fortunes.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.