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The procurement of food on board liner ships: the role of the international labor organization

Yui-yip Lau () and Tsz Leung Yip
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Yui-yip Lau: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tsz Leung Yip: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Journal of Shipping and Trade, 2017, vol. 2, issue 1, 1-14

Abstract: Abstract Food is important for liner shipping companies (LSCs) in their efforts to support daily lives and fulfil seafarer demand. Food issues are addressed in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) Food and Catering (Ships’ Crews) Convention 1946 (No. 68), amended 2006. Moreover, the enforcement of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) Regulations and Code appears to have ensured that seafarers have hygienic conditions and that good quality food and drinking water are provided. The MLC aims to meet all current standards of international maritime labour conventions and recommendations, and comply with the fundamental principles found in other international labour conventions. Yet despite these efforts, food issues require greater attention, as maintaining the food supply chain is a dynamic and difficult task. To identify strategies for improving the procurement of food for ships, this paper illustrates how to facilitate the food supply for shipping lines and further evaluate the associated supply chain. Advanced technology, comprehensive procurement procedures, qualified personnel, extensive outbound logistics (i.e., distribution) networks and sound training programmes on food quality and safety are critical elements in the food supply chain, and will enhance the quality of food for seafarers.

Keywords: Food supply chain; Liner shipping; Supply chain performance indicators; ILO convention (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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