Crew Employment Agreement

Since the entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention (MTC), binding minimum standards have been applied worldwide to seafarers` employment contracts and wages. An employment contract for seafarers must be signed by both the seafarer and the employer/shipowner. Most people on board a boat or yacht must sign the crew agreement. However, some employees have separate employment contracts and do not have to sign a contract, such as: • The working conditions of a seafarer are defined or mentioned in a clear written agreement and must comply with the standards set by the code. Before signing, the seafarer must have the opportunity to examine the employment contract and to be advised. The shipowner shall ensure that copies of the employment contract are loaded on board for control purposes. The Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) provides instructions for the establishment of crew agreements for commercial vessels and yachts: all seafarers working on seagoing vessels must have a written employment contract with the employer/shipowner. In accordance with MLC Standard A2.1, maritime employment contracts must in any case contain the following information: A crew contract is a contract of employment between the owners of a ship or yacht and its crew. This agreement should contain the skipper`s expectations regarding crew participation and a clear description of the financial arrangements on board. It should clarify that arrival at the intended destination cannot be guaranteed and include an explanation of the crew repatriation agreement. Each party should ensure that it has the required insurance coverage.

Skippers and crews should discuss this in advance and, as soon as they are satisfied, they should sign and keep a written copy of all terms and conditions…

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