Crew attacked in the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz will get bonus pay and doubled death and disability compensation after the the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) designated the area a temporary extended risk zone.
This follows a period of discussions by the IBF’s Warlike Operations Areas Committee over the past weeks, who have been closely monitoring the situation and the risk to shipping.
Speaking at the conclusion of the talks, the Joint Negotiating Group’s (JNG) chairman Captain Koichi Akamine said, “These discussions were never going to be easy. After the initial attacks in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, one may feel the need to act quickly to designate a risk area. However, it is important in such events to step back and assess the real threat to shipping and the most appropriate measures to take. The JNG is confident that it has now introduced a designation which properly addresses concerns by seafarers transiting the straits.”
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) seafarers’ section chair David Heindel said, “These are trying times for the industry and seafarers in particular, who are simply trying to provide income for their families.”
The new extended risk zone is defined by the following coordinates but excludes three nautical miles off the main coastlines of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Iran:
On the west: A line joining Ra’s-e Dastakan (26°33’N – 55°17’E) in Iran, southward to Jaztal Hamra lighthouse (25°44’N – 55°48’E), in the United Arab Emirates (the common limit with the Persian Gulf).
On the east: A line joining Ra’s Līmah (25°57’N – 56°28’E), in Oman, eastward to Ra’s al Kūh (25°48’N – 57°18’E), in Iran (the common limit with the Arabian Sea).