Royal Caribbean Facing Major Fine

first_imgzoom The Netherlands has fined Royal Caribbean cruise line for violation of labour rules and regulations for foreign workers.The cruise liner, owner of the world’s biggest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, will have to pay at least  €600,000 (USD 767,000) in fines for not having adequate residence papers for its workers, who have in addition been working excessive hours, according to Dutch law firm Kernkamp Advocaten.Oasis of the Seas arrived at the Keppel Verlome shipyard in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on September 30th for two-week routine maintenance work.Once in the Netherlands, the ship and its crew were subject to Dutch legislation.At the end of the two week period,  inspectors of Social Affairs and Labor inspected the vessel establishing that Royal Caribbean Cruises was in breach of the Dutch Foreign Employment Act.According to the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment 77 Philippines and 8 South-Americans worked without a working permit.What is more, the excessive hours they worked reached up to 16 hours per day.“Employers of foreigners working without a working permit are usually fined with a € 12.000 fine per person, so dependent on the exact findings, the fine could amount one million euros. Others may also fall within the scope of the definition of employer under the Dutch Foreign Workers Act, and if this is the case, they are usually fined too,” the firm said.The Dutch law firm claims that the fine might not be implemented as, under the law, there is an exemption for crew members aboard sea going vessels.“In a similar case ruled by the Council of State in 2012, the fine was quashed, as the authorities had failed to render sufficient evidence that the persons aboard were not crew members, that performed routine crew activities, like daily minor maintenance to a vessel.”At this stage it is unknown whether Royal Caribbean Cruises will challenge the fine.The repaired Oasis left Rotterdam for Southampton, UK where it arrived on October 15th.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Canadian Tire announces recall of more than 87000 booster seats

TORONTO — More than 87,000 child booster car seats sold at Canadian Tire stores are being recalled because they fail to meet safety regulations.The retailer says four models of booster seats made by Transtek Trading Co. Ltd. and sold under the brand names Kukuxumusu and Apramo are being recalled.The Kukuxumusu units have a manufacture date between February 2013 and September 2015, while the Apramo seats have a manufacture date between September 2013 and September 2015.All units were sold at Canadian Tire stores across Canada.The company says there have been no reports of any injuries associated with the seats.Canadian Tire adds 33 types of Holiday Collection lights to safety recallHowever, it says the recall is being issued out of “an abundance of caution.”Allan MacDonald, chief operating officer at Canadian Tires retail, says the company regularly tests all of its products to ensure they meet or exceed quality and safety standards.“Because of the regular testing program that we conduct along with Transport Canada, we recently determined that booster seats that once met safety requirements no longer meet regulations,” he said.Customers who have purchased the recalled products can return them to any Canadian Tire store for a refund.A posting on the Transport Canada website says 87,230 units are affected. read more