The fishermen may ban foreign vessels will help to fight against "flags of convenience" - the Union
Material posted: Gornova Anna M.Publication date: 19-07-2018
Ban the use of foreign vessels for the transport of goods, of which the Border service of the FSB of Russia advised fishing companies, can help to combat so-called flags of convenience, to regulate fishing and to protect the rights of seafarers. This was announced on Wednesday, TASS, the Chairman of the far Eastern regional organization "Russian seamen's Union" Nikolai Sukhanov.

Earlier the newspaper "Kommersant" in the Russian Association of fishermen (VARPE) said that the Border service of the FSB of Russia advised fishing companies for the loss of use of foreign vessels for the transportation of goods. According VARPE, only in the basin of the Arctic ocean foreign companies owned about 70% of the fleet with a total capacity of 22,5 thousand tons. According to the Chairman of one of the largest Kamchatka fishing collective farm named after V. I. Lenin Sergei Tarusova, which refers to "Kommersant".

"I think the guards took the right course of the struggle with the shipowners who want to escape responsibility in their own country, not to pay taxes, hard to exploit Russian and foreign seamen, without incurring any liability. And the border guards stood on the same path as the international Federation of transport workers. This will help in the fight against "flags of convenience", will help to get rid of mass poaching and to raise safety of navigation", - said Sukhanov.

He explained that often the Russian shipowners used for ships under foreign flags of convenience and crew in such cases are collected abroad, as in Russia, the company needs to have a special license to send people to work on a foreign ship. In addition, often such vessels are in poor condition, and work on them dangerous for sailors, in addition, they often violated the rights of the crew, delayed the salary.

"Thus the ship owners evade taxes. Moreover, they often change the foreign flag in Russian directly into the sea, and fish in our waters, and then when they leave our waters, raise, for example, flag States and go to Japan or South Korea to take the catch," said Sukhanov.

As a bright example of the operation of flag of convenience, he led the ship Tredecim (in the photo) under the flag of Tanzania port of Zanzibar, which the Russian owner threw in the port of Wakkanai (Japan). There were four sailors, who asked for Union assistance in returning home. Such cases occur often, and to repatriate the seafarers, it is necessary to resort to the help of diplomats in a country where at this moment the ship is located.

About "convenient flags"

The so-called convenient or cheap flag is the flag of the country, which for a modest fee enters into your registry of the court belonging to the citizens of other States. Often the owners register their ships under flags of convenience of third countries to evade paying taxes. Team these courts often do not have minimum social guarantees, therefore, in conflict situations they actually have nowhere to turn for protection of their rights. The international Federation of transport workers and Russian Union of seamen over 50 years of fighting flags of convenience.


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