Premium Pay for Filipino Seafarers Sailing to Yemen Ports

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued Governing Board Resolution No. 05 Series of 2015 to inform that Filipino seafarers shall be entitled to premium pay when sailing to Yemen ports which have been declared as areas of Warlike Operations by the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) of the international shipping manning industry.

The resolution aims to provide Filipino seafarers the best possible protection and benefit coverage with the following guidelines:

1.)   The payment of premium pay shall apply to all seafarers on ships calling on all ports of Yemen. In the case of ships calling on any of the ports in Yemen, seafarers shall receive a premium pay equivalent to 100% of the basic wage from the time the ship is berthed securely alongside up to the time the vessel departs its berth and the last line is let go for departure on passage.

2.)   For ships covered by a collective agreement that provides for premium pay which is the same as, or higher than, the premium pay for entry into Yemen mentioned above, no double application of premium pay shall be allowed; provided however, where a collective agreement provides a higher premium pay, such higher rate shall apply

3.)   Seafarer shall be given the right to accept or decline to join the vessel if it trades exclusively in Yemen or when the vessel is expected to call on any Yemeni port.

4.)   Seafarers opting not to continue his service on board under the conditions provided in Paragraph 4 above, shall be entitled to free repatriation to his point of hire, termination pay equivalent to one month basic wage, earned wages and leave pay.

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