Young seafarers aged between 16 and 18. You must have turned 16 to go to sea.
You must be given a copy of the signed employment contract. The contract is your proof of what has been agreed with your employer.
You must be given a copy of the complaints procedure applying on board the ship. The complaints procedure must include contact details of the Danish Maritime Authority and of one or more persons on board who can provide confidential and impartial advice about your complaint and otherwise help you with the complaints procedures applicable to the ship.
Safety and health
You are entitled to protection and the necessary protective equipment against accidents and health hazards during work.
Food and drink
You are entitled to good and adequate food. The food must consist of three main meals and one or more snack meals in sufficient quantities to satisfy the needs of all persons on board.
You are entitled to go ashore in your spare time when the ship is in port or at a safe anchoring place, unless your presence is required on board, for example for safety reasons or due to the ship’s impending departure.
The shipowner must take out insurance or provide similar financial security covering abandoned seafarers.
Hours of rest
You are entitled to regular rest periods that are long enough to ensure your health and safety. If you are over 18, you are entitled to at least 10 hours of rest in every working day. The hours of rest may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which must be at least 6 hours in length. The interval between the rest periods must be no more than 14 hours. The total hours of rest in any week must be at least 77 hours.
You are entitled to bring items for personal use to a reasonable extent.
As a seafarer, you are entitled to complain to your shipowner if you are dissatisfied with your working and living conditions. This includes issues related to payment of your wages, ship service, conditions of employment, accommodation spaces, recreational facilities, health protection as well as the food on board.
Payment of wages
As a seafarer, you can demand to receive wages once a week when the ship is in port. You can demand that wages be paid out in the local currency at the current exchange rate. However, wages must be paid at regular intervals not exceeding one month.