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Seaman Qualifications and Responsibilities

Monday, September 26th, 2011

How do you picture a SEAMAN?

The Seaman BEFORE

When defining the term seaman, with regards to the maritime industry, he result can be quite vague or inadequate. Before, the definition of a seaman was restricted to someone who passes two prerequisites. In addition, there should be an established connection between the seaman and the water vessel through navigation. This only means that apart from it being a specific rule regarding the description of a seaman, an occupation that is different from it will not be recognized as such. Worse, there will be no coverage under the maritime law protection.

The Seaman TODAY

Nowadays, all ship workers are covered under the term seaman; thanks to the United States Supreme Court. It came to a decision that even if an employee’s job does not include transportation function or navigation, then he is still considered as a seafarer or seaman. So as long as the employee’s role is still a part of or contributes to the watercraft’s function and is mainly part of the vessel, he is given the seaman status and its privileges.

But, certain rules still apply, if an employee does not spend his work time at least 30% in a sea vessel or watercraft, then he is still not considered and regarded as a seaman, but as a land-based worker, thus not benefiting its privileges.

Benefits of being recognized as a seaman

It is necessary and important that you are recognized as a seaman if you want to enjoy and benefit from the rights that are entitled to you by the maritime Law. The following are some of the benefits of being recognized as seaman:

  • Right to unearned salary
  • Right to maintenance and cure
  • Right to compensation for physical and other types of injuries caused watercraft accidents
  • Right to compensations caused by damages due to negligence of the employer or owner.

Below are the jobs and responsibilities of a seaman (aside from navigating a sea vessel or watercraft:

  • Rigging,
  • Tying down the vessel,
  • Cleaning the deck and maintaining the ship,
  • Standing watch,
  • Making knots and other vessel-related responsibilities.

If you perform the following duties, make sure you are covered by the benefits afforded to a seaman. Now, if you are a seafarer or are thinking of joining the maritime crew, it is important that you should know your own status in the watercraft that you attend in order for you to gain protection from the Maritime Law.

Maritime Lawyers and Risk Possibilities

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Maritime law is governed by a multiplicity of state bills. It is a complex area which practices an employee’s opportunities and rights to retrieve financial compensation. These maritime laws, together with the Jones act, are different from any other injury case.

Purpose of the maritime law

The maritime law was passed to safeguard an employee from negligence from the company when an accident occurs. The risk of the maritime industry employees were getting higher and higher when several cases were reported. As much as you want to, you cannot keep away from such events like a mishap because the maritime industry is also considered to be the riskiest field of industry considering also the practiced working routine of the employees.

Risk-related cases of injuries

Most of the eye-catching prime events in the society are about serious accidents that happened within maritime boundaries. Below are the following:

  • Oil field injuries
  • Accident that happened on the drilling rigs
  • Serious maritime injuries that occurred in a container vessel
  • Offshore explosions that caused serious burns
  • Employee falling that resulted in neck, spinal and even back injuries
  • Series of deaths caused by accidents happening at maritime industries all over the world.

Those were just a few instances of accidents that are far from the numerous numbers of casualties and sufferers from all employees of the maritime industry nationwide.

Your responsibility as a maritime employee

If you are a maritime employee, you must not disregard all these potential accidents that may seriously harm and injure you. If you are an employee of the biggest most risky industry in the whole world, you must imagine the cost it would do to you and your family, especially when you are leaning on the work financially. Never set aside the possibilities that your work may actually severely harm you, even to the point of your demise. You have to be fully aware of your current circumstance, and also know the rights you have and the claims you could have if ever an accident or a mishap unexpectedly came.

If you feel bothered with questions or doubts regarding your job, the risks involved when signing up in a maritime industry, you should seek a lawyer who may provide you with responses to your doubts. These maritime lawyers specialize in issues and laws concerning maritime boundaries, and would even help you resolve your worker issues. Make sure thought that you would turn to a lawyer who would identify to your priorities and needs; someone who would understand the situation you are in.

The Different Maritime Charters

Monday, September 12th, 2011

There are contacts between the vessel owners of a maritime industry and the clients or charterers who lease their services. These contracts concern the goods that are being transported from one place to another by means of a sea vessel or the water transportation of these certain goods. Legally, these contracts are known as the contracts of affreightment. In this contract, the charterer or leaser agrees to pay an amount for cargo space while authorizing the responsibility of the cargo to the vessel. The following will be the coverage of the said contract by a specific contact:

  • Means of delivery
  • Voyage
  • Delivery time
  • Cargo space
  • Special precautions of the cargo

The different types of charters

The voyage charter

Considered to be the most common among charters, the voyage charter is a contract by a named vessel between named ports for the carriage of a stated quantity and type of cargo. The contract is carried out at an agreed price called freight. This means that the entire cargo area of the vessel is hired for one, two, or more exact voyages.

The space charter

The opposite of the voyage charter; this charter applies when the charterer does not require the use of the entire ship. In addition, the contract will just state out and/or specify what fraction of the cargo is to be used.

Whether you choose the former or latter, the master of the ship, or the agent, will then hand over a bill of freight to the shipper. This bill documents the title of the goods, the size and the weight of the box, and will serve as a receipt.

The time charter

Another common charter arrangement somehow similar to a voyage charter.  The charterer may give directions to the movements and the cargos carried during a certain decided time period that even falls to certain limitations. Under this type of charter, the vessel owner is responsible for the crew and master employment for the stated duration of the shipping.

The bareboat charter (also called Demise charter)

In this agreement, the charterer may commission the use of the entire ship, and can take control and possession of the whole vessel in a certain amount of time, provided the authorization of the owner. In this contract, the personnel or crew, supplies and repairs, and all the duties of a vessel-owner would be shouldered by the contractor.

After these charters have been carried out, the bill of freight or lading is issued by the carrier to a shipper acknowledging that all goods have been received on board as cargo for shipment to a specific place for delivery where a consignee is usually identified.

Philippine Maritime Shipping and Manning Companies Directories – Part 26

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The list of Philippine Shipping and Manning Companies provided in this article, and their information including their links would help a lot in finding what you need. This list connects to the previous related articles posted in the maritime category. You can subscribe for updates by using your email for free to get instant update about this post.

    • SKANFIL MARITIME SERVICES INC

GF(LEFT WING) ROYAL ENT.BLG 2227 CHINO ROCES AVE. MAKATI
Phone: 8121319-22
Fax: 8167494

    • SKIPPERS UNITED PACIFIC INC

2/F MTROBNK BLDG 1149 A. MABI NI COR. FLORES, MLA
Phone: 5218301/ 5218302
Fax: 5244976/ 3880821
eMail: skippers@itextron.com

    • SMART INTERNATIONAL MARINE SERVICES CORPORATION

MF MEGASTATE BLG 737 ARANETA AVE COR AGNO ST QUEZON CITY
Phone: 4153334/ 7118450
Fax: 4149333
eMail: simscor_philippines@yahoo.com

    • SOLAR MANNING SERVICES PHILIPPINES AGENCY, INC.

3F NGR BLG,8889 OSMEÑA HIWAY COR CASINO ST PALANAN MAKATI
Phone: (063)5562780
Fax: 8129865
eMail: solarphils@info.com.ph

    • SOLID SHIPPING & INDUSTRIAL SERVICES CORPORATION

GF & MF, NFWC BLDG, 1505 SAN MARCELINO ST ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5257587

    • SOLPIA MARINE AND SHIP MANAGEMENT INC

RMS 702-711, T.M. KALAW CTR, 667A T.M. KALAW AVE ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5671726/ 5671727/ 567172
Fax: 5671736
eMail: smi@solpiamarine.com

    • SOLVANG PHILIPPINES INC

3/F (LEFT WING) VNP BLDG 479 PEDRO GIL ST MANILA ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 3021130
Fax: 3021141
email: crew.phils@solvang.com

    • SOUTH OCEAN MANNING CORP

17A STRATA2000 BLG. EMERALD AVE.ORTIGAS CTR PASIG CITY
Phone: 6360940
Fax: 6360941

    • SOUTHEAST ASIA SHIPPING CORP

215,216&217 2F SKYFREIGHT BLDG N.AQUINO AVE PQUE
Phone: 8545271/8545272
Fax: 854-5294
eMail: seascorp@pldtdsl.net
WebSite: www.seascor.com.ph


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