07.06.2019

M/v Pola Devora: the crew is protected by ITF collective agreement

M/v Pola Devora (flag of Malta, IMO 9471654), protected by the  ITF collective bargaining agreement, has called at the  Port of Nakhodka. The  representatives   of  the Far Eastern Regional Organization of the  Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR FERO) have decided to visit the  ship and to witness  for themselves that  it's  okay on  the ship. 

The vessel with the Australian alumina on board was under cargo unloading.  Its crew  gave them a kind reception especially because  the SUR is a signer  of the  ITF collective agreement. Nikolai Sukhanov, the  leader of the  SUR FERO, said that the ship operator is the  Belgian  INOK N.V. The crewing agency,  which employed 20 Karelians,  is based  in St. Petersburg.

The social guarantees for the crew are on the highest level:  an able seaman's wage  is $1,590 and a captain's wage  is $9200.   Besides  the ITF agreement, there are  the  Insurance Certificates which the Maritime Labour Convention requires. According to the collective agreement,  in  the event of death a crew member is insured for $104,866. 

Talking to the  seafarers   it  became   clear that some  of them  haven't  the SUR membership cards.  The SUR FERO offered  to resolve this misunderstanding and invited them in the  office. The inspectors also highlighted that during  the ship call in Nakhodka  they  always can come  to the  union office as for  business as for have a chat. 

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