Fonds MS-8-203 - Maersk Dubai Incident fonds

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Maersk Dubai Incident fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1996-2000 (Creation)

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29.5 cm of textual records. - -- 1 video cassette. -- 1 audio cassette.

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The Maersk Dubai was a container ship that docked in Halifax on 24 May 1996. Shortly after it docked it became known that four Filipino sailors had witnessed their captain and ship's officers throwing three stowaways overboard to their deaths. After the sailors agreed to testify against the officers, both they and their families in the Philippines were threatened and harassed.

The Concern for Seafarers Witnesses Society (CSWS) was formed in July 1996 to assist the sailors financially and to try to protect them from harassment and persecution, which included assisting the sailors to apply for landed immigrant status. In February 1999 three of them were granted status, at which point they successfully applied to bring their families to Canada. Later the fourth seamen and his wife were granted Minister's permits to remain in Canada.

Custodial history

This collection was donated by the Concern for Seafarers Witnesses Society in December 2002.

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The fonds includes letters, immigration papers, promotional materials, petitions, affidavits, evidence and general documentation of the activities of the Concern for Seafarers Witnesses Society (CSWS) in their endeavours to assist the sailors of the Maersk Dubai.

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  • English

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Three files containing personal information are closed. Folder 1-8 contains a membership list; folder 2-2 contains petitions; folder 2-3 contains copies of immigration documents.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Maersk Dubai Incident fonds, MS-8-203, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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