This month two new Inspectors joined the personnel of the International Transport Workers' Federation: Hakimah Saiful (Kym) Bahri now represents the ITF in Malaysia and Youngin Kim - in South Korea. Both Inspectors have already taken up their duties.
Hakimah Saiful (Kim) Bahri is reportedly based in Port Klang, Malaysia but will act in other ports whenever required. His contact details are: Address: National Union of Seafarers of Peninsular Malaysia, No. 2 Jalan Depoh, Port Klang, Selangor D.E., 42000.
Tel: +60 13 383 4140
The new ITF Inspector in Korea, Yungin Kim has his office in Busan, but his activity will cover other ports of the country as well. His contact details are: Address: Federation of Korean Seafarers' Unions, or FKSU, 201 Marine Center, 52 Chungjang-daero, 9 beon-gil Jung-gu, Busan 48936.
Tel: +82(0)2 727 4741 or +82 10 9288 0815
The Seafarers' Union of Russia notes that ITF Inspectors regularly assist to protect the rights of crew members in situations where the shipowner turns away from them, and the flag and port authorities do not aware of or ignore the existing problems. Today, the ITF has a network of 140 Inspectors and Contacts based in more than 120 ports in 57 countries around the world. The ITF representatives visit vessels to ensure that seafarers have decent wages, working and living conditions on board, and to intervene if they see any in non-compliances. Every seafarer who is in the trouble can apply to them, and the sooner this is done, the higher the chances of a positive outcome of the situation.