Shipping: Russia

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th March 2022.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that no employers take action against employees with historical or family links with (1) Ukraine, or (2) Russia, and who have a conscientious objection to working on Russian owned or operated ships within any UK port or pilotage area.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The UK recognises that the current situation in Ukraine may raise additional wellbeing issues for some seafarers.

Russian owned or operated vessels are currently prohibited from entering UK ports. In regard to seafarers, Russia has ratified the Maritime Labour Convention and seafarers working on vessels registered with Russia will be protected by its requirements. The Convention provides that notice periods in which an employment agreement may be terminated should be clearly set out. It also requires for provisions to be made where that notice period may be shorter which include for compassionate reasons.

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