WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT TO TAKE VACATION AT THE END OF MY FOUR MONTH TOUR? CAN I STAY ON THE SAME SHIP?
You are not required to request leave. You may extend your tour onboard by simply not requesting relief and thereby accrue additional paid time off usable when departing the vessel.
WHEN AM I ELIGIBLE FOR RELIEF / VACATION?
You will become eligible for relief/vacation once you’ve completed a four-month (120-day) tour of duty. You will need to give MSC a 60-day notice if you want relief, therefore, you can request it two months after your tour begins. If you cannot get relieved on time, you may be eligible for additional compensation. When this compensation begins is based on ship assignment. CIVMARs are required to follow proper relief guidelines before they leave the ship. You’ll learn about this during New Employee Orientation (NEO).