RightShip expands vetting criteria to include human rights

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Source: RightShip.

The vetting service has unveiled an expansion of its vetting criteria, including a comprehensive human rights section.

By Michael McGrady, Maritime Direct Americas & Pacific Correspondent

LONDON — RightShip has announced expanded vetting criteria as part of its mission to improve safety and sustainability in the maritime industry to drive the sector beyond the case of compliance and respect for human rights.

According to a press statement, the new criteria extends beyond RightShip’s previous version from 20 assessment items to 50 items.

This was done to add separate and brand-new sections for flag and class vessels and ship structure and the comprehensive section on human rights compliance.

 “We have seen an increased focus on social welfare for a vessel’s crew during 2020. In response, we’ve added in clear expectations regarding human rights, which were not part of the last version. This ensures that all charterers now take social welfare and the rights of our seafarers into consideration every time they select a vessel for a voyage,” said Steen Lund, the chief executive officer of RightShip.

Lund added: “The new standard provides far more consistency for all of our chartering customers. We have listened to feedback to ensure it is a unified standard which will be used by all hundreds of chartering customers.”

“This is a positive step forwards in safety standards for the industry.” 

The new criteria mandates: “Any vessel Flagged with a country that has not adopted and ratified the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention and without an equivalent level of compliance (for example, a valid ITF Agreement).” 

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