Certificates of Insurance for m/v "Omsky-122" expire

This became clear, when Inspectors of Far Eastern Territorial Organization of the Seafarers Union of Russia (FETO SUR) visited a ship that had arrived from South Korea to Nakhodka. The insurance certificates issued by Ingosstrakh expire on March, 17, while the crew members  have no information about their extension. In addition, although there is a collective agreement on board signed by the Chairman of the trade union organization of JSC Amur Shipping Company, the amount of compensation  in case of injury or death of a seafarer is not specified in the collective agreement or in the crew's individual contracts of employment.  

We decided to clarify with Ingosstrakh the amount of payments to relatives in case of seafarer's death, -  Nikolay Sukhanov, SUR FETO Chairman said. "They replied that crew members are entitled to the amount specified in the collective agreement or the individual contract of employment. And, therefore, in case of death of a crew member of the m/v "Omsky-122" his relatives may receive nothing, which is a violation of Article 2, Clause 60 of the Merchant Shipping Code".

In addition, Nikolay Sukhanov noted that the vessel couldn't  leave Nakhodka without valid Certificates of Insurance. The Union decided to  inform Far Eastern Transport Prosecutor's Office that Certificates of Insurance  for m/v "Omsky-122" expire.

We hope  that the shipowner, JSC Amur Shipping Company  will receive new insurance certificates  in accordance with its legal obligations and meet the requirement of paragraph 2 of Article 60 of the Merchant Shipping Code on insurance of the life and health of seafarers, - the FETO SUR Chairman  added.

It should be noted that there are 13 Russian crew members, Far East residents,  on board the m/v Omsky-122 (IMO 8870827, flag of Russia, 1984-built ). An AB Seaman salary is RUB80,000 and  that of a captain is about RUB150,000.  At the meeting with the seafarers the FETO SUR representatives  told them about the activities of the SUR, answered their questions and gave the seafarers books on the rights of seafarers and  fresh magazines "Maritime Unions Herald". In addition, they invited the crew to visit  Nakhodka International Maritime Club, where a free bus can deliver those who wish.