If you are experiencing discrimination or harassment on board
- Keep a record. If you do decide to report the behaviour you will be able to give a full picture. It will help you explain to other people, and may be useful to you personally in the future when you look back. One minor comment or incident might just be a one off, and not be considered harassment, but repeated instances would be.
- If you can, tell someone. A trusted colleague, a friend, a union representative, a helpline or Contact Us.
- Find your company’s policy on harassment, discrimination and bullying.
- In 2019, amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) on bullying and harassment came into effect. All states ratifying the Convention are expected to adopt measures to protect seafarers against shipboard harassment and bullying. The MLC recommends using the Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying which was originally drafted by Nautilus International and is jointly published by the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the International Chamber of Shipping. The guide can be found here.
- The text of the MLC 2006 (as amended) can be read here, the relevant section is on page 66.