What if I can't work because I am ill?

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Shipowners are responsible for any costs resulting from sickness, injury or death connected to your employment, from the date you start a contract until you have been repatriated, or can claim medical benefits under an insurance/compensation scheme.

If you need medicine or medical treatment, the shipowner has to pay any bills until you have recovered or have been signed off as permanently disabled. The shipowner’s responsibility for paying these costs may be limited to 16 weeks from the day of injury/sickness, if stated in national law/regulation.

If you are unable to work because of the injury/illness, you should get full wages while you are on board. When you get home, national laws and CBAs will determine whether you get full or part pay or a cash settlement.  These payments may be limited to 16 weeks from the day of injury/sickness.



Related documents:
Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (1099kb PDF)

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