Murky world of international shipping behind explosion in Beirut

Irish Times | Aug 9, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • Hidden behind the tragedy of Tuesday’s deadly explosion in Beirut is the more pervasive travesty of the abandonment of ships, seafarers and cargo, and unless the global public reckons with this deeper problem a next disaster is all but inevitable.
  • Several of the stranded crew waited a full year before they were able to go home with help from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).
  • The company collecting fees for the right to fly a certain flag is also responsible for policing its customers, ensuring they abide by safety, labour, and environmental rules, and conducting investigations when things go wrong.