The non-payment of wages causes many problems especially when you are relying on your money to be paid as agreed in your contract for your family at home. Wages can be delayed for a number of reasons and you have every right to seek advice from your senior officers in the first instance if payments have been delayed, are wrong or have been withheld for any reason.

If you have not been paid, you should also contact your crewing or manning agency for help and advice. There could be a simple paperwork error and it can be rectified once you are in port by making a phone call or sending an email. When you reach port you can seek advice from our port chaplain, or contact the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) for help.

In some circumstances, wages may be unpaid due to more serious matters, such as financial problems with the ship owner and/or crewing agency. If a ship is abandoned in port for more than eight weeks, then you are entitled to request to be repatriated by the Flag State of the ship you are crewing on. You may decide however, that you wish to remain with the ship for longer and refuse repatriation, as you wish to continue to fight for your wages. Please also contact the Mission if you are in this situation. We will do everything we can to help and assist you while you are on board without wages.