Monday, 8 December 2008

Trade Unions unite behind Hebei Two

The Indian Seafarers Federation ISF) announced over the weekend that the Merchant Navy Officers Association at Chennai, India - MNOA – had staged their first demonstration Friday, December 5th, 2008.

The protest was held inside Chennai Port, in protest against thedetention of two Indian Mariners in South Korea following the Hebei Spirit disaster.

The protest was held in front of a Car Carrier loading South Korean cars in the Port, to highlight the injustice that is being done to the Master and Chief Officer of the Hebei Spirit.

This was a follow up to a 500-strong Flag March carried out by MNOA on the 5th of October, for the same purpose, with more expected to follow throughout India.

With such protests targeted at South Korean cars and other products, this may unfortunately start to affect other non-Korean shipping companies in the near future – hopefully other companies will also make their voices heard against the South Korean shipping authorities.

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