Seafarers granted right to refuse Red Sea transit

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Seafarers now have the right to refuse sailing through the Red Sea amid escalating attacks by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis, as per a new industry agreement highlighted by a labor union and industry groups. The attacks, which began in mid-November, have targeted commercial ships as acts of solidarity with Palestinians. Seafarers entering high-risk zones are entitled to double pay, with recent agreements extending these zones into the southern Red Sea. The International Bargaining Forum (IBF) stipulates that seafarers must give seven days’ notice before entering such areas and can opt for repatriation at the company’s expense, including compensation equal to two months’ basic wage. This decision underscores the importance of seafarer safety over global trade implications.

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