Norwegian ferries can now register in NIS
Yesterday, Norway's Minister of Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen informed Color Line's management and seamen's unions about the introduction of a regulation that allows Color Line to change flags on their ships from the Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register (NOR) to the Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS).
Color Line has sought change like this for several years as they believe that the competitive disadvantages of having ships registered in NOR have become too problematic. The former government met the shipping company with a net salary deal, so all employees on Color Line's ferries were paid a net salary.
Seamens organizations were against the proposal, and believe the Ministry of Industry has put 700 Norwegian jobs at risk with the move. This belief stems from the fact that it is expected that Color Line will replace the catering staff on the two Kiel ferries with workers from countries where pay is less than in Norway if the ships are re-flagged.
Employees onboard NIS ships can not demand the equivalent of a Norwegian salary for the work on board, as the ships are registered in NOR. On the contrary, the Minister of Industry, believes that she has saved 2,500 employees from being laid of, all employees in Color Line, by changing area restrictions and preventing Color Line from moving all the ships to the Danish International Ship Register.
With some technical changes of the rules and regulations, to be more specific, the previous proposal for the requirement for distances of 175-mile be increased to 300 nautical miles, the minister will pass the proposal. Seamen's organizations are disappointed with the decision.
Source: Sysla Maritim / Maritime Denmark