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Duty bound to help abandoned sailors

While amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 cover abandonment, flag states should play their part too

The amendments were developed over nearly a decade by a Joint Working Group established by the ILO and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1998 and will strengthen the 2006 convention - PHOTO: REUTERS

UNLESS the situation has changed radically, the Panamanian-flag B Ladybug, a 27,003-dwt vehicle carrier managed from Singapore, remains adrift off the coast of Malta about a year after its owner got into financial difficulties. International Labour Organization (ILO) representatives visited the