ITF Official Earn Lloyd's List Laurels


March 2012


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Working to protect the rights of mariners around the world has earned recognition for the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the chair of its Seafarers’ Section, SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel.

Publishing giant Lloyd’s List recently circulated a 106- page magazine describing individuals whom they tabbed as the 100 most influential people in the shipping industry. Heindel’s work for the federation earned him a place on that list, which Lloyd’s unapologetically promotes as subjective.

Lloyd’s in part asserts that as the Seafarers’ Section chair, “David Heindel has his work cut out in the current climate. Economic turmoil unfortunately tends to hit seafarers hardest, even without the continuing threat from piracy.”


Other U.S.-based people on the list include Federal Maritime Commissioner Richard Lidinsky and Overseas Shipholding Group President and CEO Morten Arntzen. Heindel pointed out that the list’s introductory text indicates the publisher’s hope that the rankings will help “spark debate” about the shipping industry.


“For that reason alone, I think it’s important that the ITF was included,” Heindel said. “The rights and working conditions of merchant mariners should and must be part of any discussion about our industry. And on a global level, it’s certainly no exaggeration to say that the ITF is front and center when it comes to standing up for seafarers.”


More information about the federation, to which the SIU is affiliated, may be found at



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