Following the increase in incidences of piracy, in 2008 the IBF designated an IBF High Risk Area, excluding 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.