On July 2nd, 2019 @ExposeNetwork proudly posted on Twitter: “The International Maritime Organization has appointed The Freewinds as a training platform to train crew members Caribbean-wide on maritime standards—a distinction it has held since 2007.”
Way to go Measles Ship!
According to the IMO website it is “a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.”
What an honor that a distinguished U.N. organization would choose a Scientology ship for such an important operation!
Well, except that it is all a bold faced lie.
In response to this writer’s inquiry Natasha Brown, media contact for the IMO responded:
IMO has not appointed the Freewinds to carry out training.
IMO runs hundreds of training courses and workshops under its integrated technical cooperation programme, to build capacity in developing countries.
Under this programme, host countries may provide training facilities, such as classrooms and ships. When training courses are held, a host country may offer a ship’s facilities for onboard training.
(our news feed gives a good overview of all the different kinds of training IMO organizes – site or ship visits are often a feature http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/WhatsNew/Pages/default.aspx )
Please do let me know if you need further information.
And there you have it.