IBF Seafarers’ Support (Welfare) Fund

IBF Seafarers’ Support (Welfare) Fund

The IBF Seafarers’ Support Fund (previously known as the Welfare Fund) was created exclusively to support the welfare of seafarers aboard vessels covered by IBF agreements.

In 2003 IMEC successfully negotiated for a proportion of JNG members’ contributions to the ITF Assistance, Welfare and Protection Fund to be paid into the IBF Welfare Fund for this purpose.

Applications for grants are made to support seafarer welfare aboard their vessels in the provision of resources such as:

• entertainment facilities
• DVD libraries
• Newslink services
• events (e.g. Christmas parties for seafarers and their families) the provision of sports and gym equipment.

Warlike Operations – IBF High Risk Area crew entitlements

Following the increase in incidences of piracy, in 2008 the IBF designated an IBF High Risk Area which accommodates the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC).

A crew of any IBF vessel transiting within the IBF High Risk area has the following entitlements:

• During the period of transit of the area designated as the IBF High Risk Area, each seafarer shall receive a bonus equal to 100% of the basic wage.

• During the period of the transit, the compensation payable in case of death and disability shall be doubled. In the case of vessels that will transit the IBF High Risk Area outside the eastbound and westbound lanes created under the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), seafarers have the right not to proceed with the passage.

• In such an event, the seafarer concerned shall be repatriated at the company’s cost with benefits accrued until date of return to the port of engagement.

• Vessels may deviate from the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) lanes without affecting the terms and conditions for the seafarers on-board for collision avoidance purposes only, as long as they are returned to the original lanes as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so.

When sailing, the bonuses etc. should commence when the vessel “all gone”, i.e. the last line is let go from a berth, when the anchor is aweigh or a vessel has decoupled from a SBM.

Warlike Operations – Current areas and activities

Attachment to the IBF List of warlike and high risk designations. (As of Feb 2016)

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