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  • Gulf Of Aden War Risk Bonus

    Hello!
    Has any other cadet been able to claim the war risk bonus for going through the Gulf of Aden?
    Which company you with and was it a pain in the arse?
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    Re: Gulf Of Aden War Risk Bonus

    That would be a company specific thing - I would assume your company will automatically give you it if you are entitled to it as per your contract. (Assuming your contract has a 'war zone' clause in it)
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    • #3
      Re: Gulf Of Aden War Risk Bonus

      Company specific to the degree of whether you're employed by a British Outfit or not, but certainly to all 'Red Ensign' ships.
      The UK Chamber of Shipping agreed to the 100% bonus for all Seamen onboard vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden (Transit Corridor) in late 2008.
      I don't see any reason why cadets would be excluded. Most companies simply add it to your monthly wage packet, so it might be worth chasing up if you haven't received anything.

      COS Press Release: http://www.british-shipping.org/News/ho ... f_of_aden/

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      • #4
        Re: Gulf Of Aden War Risk Bonus

        Operators of ships in the zone should make special payments to all crew members of 100% of normal pay, payable in half-day increments, in respect of each day or half-day during which the ship is in the zone, in recognition of higher risks associated with transiting this area. Such payments to be in addition to all other remuneration earned.
        However (here it comes... drumroll please...), where operators arrange military escorts for their ships, or on-board security teams to provide continuous monitoring and protection during the transit of the high risk zone, are deemed to have mitigated the risks such that the special payments need not be paid.
        ...watch out for the sting in the tail. :69:
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        • #5
          Re: Gulf Of Aden War Risk Bonus

          RFA ships get it already even if you spend all year in portsmouth and amounts to about 3 grand

          I so hope I pass AIB

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          • #6
            Re: Gulf Of Aden War Risk Bonus

            I don't think that's quite the same thing... and I think you're still going to get taxed sailing the seven ports.
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            • #7
              Re: Gulf Of Aden War Risk Bonus

              RFA Factor is basically a bonus where if you take it you're accepting that you will enter and remain within a warzone if required - regardless of the length of time therein.
              So if you're in 'theatre' for a month along with a normal Merchant ship, then the blokes on the ship next door will probably end up making more money out of it than you because they're on 100% bonus.
              This is what happened during the Falklands and also the Persian Gulf Tanker Wars of the 80s - a lot of men made a LOT of money.
              The armed guards clause in the Chamber of Shipping announcement is a bit of a misnomer as very few vessels with the exception of cruise ships carry any kid of security personnel onboard, even then these companies will probably still pay it.
              My ships have armed guards onboard in that part of the world and we still receive the payment regardless.

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