M/V ROSEBURG found a working method to pay salaries to Russians

The shipowner,  Latvian company Pegasus Shipmanagement SIA, switched to cash payments. The ship often calls at Russian ports, so the crew members immediately transfer money to their  families and do not face the problem of USD10,000 cash limit allowed to import into the country. There are 8 Russian crew members on board of  m/v ROSEBURG (IMO 8817370, flag of Antigua and Barbuda, 1991-built), they are from Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Petrozavodsk and Rostov-on-Don.

-The ship called at the port of Kaliningrad to load a cargo of scrap metal and to deliver it to Klaipeda, - Lyudmila Izmalkova, Chairman of the Kaliningrad Territorial Organization of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (KTO SUR) said  after the visit of  m/v ROSEBURG.  - The crew greeted us very hospitably, they asked us about the situation in the region, because even the locals had not been here for three months. The crew members were content with the conditions on board, largely due to the fact that there was a collective agreement of the International Transport Federation (ITF) concluded with the Latvian Seafarers' Union of Merchant Fleet.

Like many others today, the seafarers are concerned about the mobilization: The crew members were anxiously waiting for the departure, when border guards came on board and could issue a travel ban to someone, Lyudmila Izmalkova said. - That  was the case with  another  vessel of this company: last week a 35-year-old Second Officer was taken off the vessel at St. Petersburg.

The KTO SUR notes that in Kaliningrad the Border Guards  have introduced new requirements: now all crew members walking around the port have to carry  a crew list in addition to their SID.

As usual, the SUR representatives handed the crew members new issues of the "Maritime Unions Herald"  and souvenirs, the seafarers were glad to get them. They asked to give them calendars when they call the port next time, nearer the New Year. 

Source: KTO SUR