Hello fellow Mariners,
I’m putting the feelers out there to see what some of your thoughts are on companies denying shore leave to their employees for no apparent reason other than they consider it to be a liability and its easier to just make everyone stay aboard, even if the vessel is tied up with a gangway down for a period of several months.
I have found a lot of information on the interweb from ILO/MLC regulations to Flagstate requirements for seamen to be granted shore leave “wherever and whenever possible”. It would appear that we have certain rights as seaman to take a shore leave, but most of the info I find has more to do with certain countries not allowing foreign seaman to go ashore, but what if its your own company that is threatening you with job loss if you dare to step foot off the ship.
It just doesnt seem fair to me. I know some of you will say that it is your choice to work for a company like that in the first place, but I really don’t feel they should be able to make threats like that. nobody should have to feel like they are confined to the vessel for no good reason at all.
If anyone can point me in the right direction on international regulations that may cover this topic or if you have any experience with it yourself I would love to hear about it.