Nautilus Welcomes IBF Decision on Hormuz

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 14, 2019

JNG Chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine. Credit: Associated Marine Officers' and Seamens' Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) website

JNG Chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine. Credit: Associated Marine Officers' and Seamens' Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) website

The international trades union and professional association representing seafarers and allied workers Nautilus International has welcomed a decision by the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) to designate the Strait of Hormuz as a Temporary Extended Risk Zone, after 12 weeks of increased aggression towards merchant ships in the Gulf of Oman.

The IBF's decision, announced on Tuesday 13 August, means that seafarers who are subject to an attack in the zone, are entitled to a bonus and doubled death and disability compensation.

It follows discussions by the IBF's Warlike Operations Areas Committee over the past weeks, who have been closely monitoring the situation and the risk to shipping.

Nautilus was present at the discussions, with maritime employers represented by the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG), and unions represented by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF).

JNG Chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine said: "These discussions were never going to be easy. After the initial attacks in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, one may feel the need to act quickly to designate a risk area. However, it is important in such events to step back and assess the real threat to shipping and the most appropriate measures to take. The JNG is confident that it has now introduced a designation which properly addresses concerns by seafarers transiting the Straits."

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