MBE honour for commitment to improving seafarer welfare


Dedication to improving health, safety and well-being of seafarers across the world has led to an MBE for Seafarer Safety and Health Manager Julie Carlton.
Julie, from Romsey, Hampshire worked tirelessly to get the ground-breaking Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) on seafarer living and working conditions into UK Law.
She has worked with government departments, shipping companies and trade unions alike and now chairs the international committee of governments, shipowners and seafarer organisations which oversees implementation and ongoing improvements to the Convention.
Julie and her team are now finishing putting similar protection in place for fishermen, under the Work in Fishing Convention.
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Chief executive Brian Johnson said: ‘Julie’s work has provided regulators both in the UK and internationally with a standard of seafarer welfare that gives them the benchmark to take action against poor working conditions. As a direct result of what she has done, seafarers’ lives will undoubtedly be improved.'
Julie Carlton said: ‘It’s a great honour to have received this MBE which I believe reflects the work of the whole of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in securing better conditions for seafarers to work in. Seafaring is one of the most dangerous professions in the world and it’s vital that we do everything we can to reduce that danger where we can.’

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