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  1. Yes, room and board for the crew member, but not for his/her family. Most crew earn about an upper middle class income in their home country. And, that $3.77 includes the DSC for those in the DSC pool.
  2. Yes, they are essential workers, just like all merchant mariners, and stevedores. While the cruise ships do provide a high dollar payment to the association, the very same pilots move cargo ships in and out of port every day, all through the pandemic. Ships follow protocols when pilots board, like masks, social distancing, and limiting the pilot's access to the accommodations (we bring them up exterior stairs from deck to bridge), and sanitizing the bridge after they leave. Don't worry about the pilots, even without the cruise ships, even the junior pilots in the association are making six
  3. Yes, the first batch of vaccine to reach the Philippines just happened a couple days ago, a half million donated by China, and the next half million promised by AZ is delayed a week. The Philippines is among the last country in SE Asia to get vaccine. The Philippines supply 1/3 of all cruise ship crew.
  4. The estimates in the first post are about right. The Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 (MLC) sets a minimum wage for all seafarers. This is currently $641/month, for a 40 hour work week (170 hour work month, or $3.77/hr). Hours worked in excess of 40 per week are to be paid at 125% of the base wage ($4.71/hr). Now, having said that, cruise ship crew (especially the hotel crew) are not paid hourly, but a monthly wage that is made from totaling the 170 hours of base wage and the roughly 220 hours of overtime required each month. So, these figures roll out to be around the upper figures quot
  5. Yes, it is hard to follow you most times. So, you're plan is to rely on an unproven conspiracy theory of corruption by the various governments to vaccinate 1/3 of all cruise ship crew. Let me know how that works out for you.
  6. See, that's the problem. Unless the US decides to revoke various international conventions, like SOLAS for example, you cannot parse out a "big foreign flag cruise ship" from a "passenger vessel". And, when I say that PVSA compliant vessel operators would challenge in court either for relief or for an injunction, I am not talking about the small US flag cruise operators, I am talking about the 220 ferry operators, spread across 37 states that would be looking for a handout to reduce their operating costs to those of a foreign flag ship. (and add in all the dinner cruises, casino boats, sigh
  7. One third of all cruise ship crew are Filipino. Which vaccine companies are selling to private industry?
  8. The Philippines just received their first batch of vaccine 4 days ago, 600k doses out of 148 million needed. Their next batch, from AstraZeneca, of another half million is delayed a week due to supply problems. They are among the last countries in Asia to start getting vaccine.
  9. Yet there is so little support for Congressman Young's ATRA that there is no Senate co-sponsor, not even his own state's Senators, and not even the other Congressmen who signed the letter to Canada with him. I don't see Congress having the desire to pass this kind of legislation, knowing that as soon as it was passed, that every other PVSA compliant vessel operator would challenge in court for relief from the cost of operating under US flag, even for the limited time frame you are talking about. I believe the USCG would testify against such a measure as well.
  10. The serious problem being solved by the PVSA is the decisions by Congress and the US Administrations, since the 1800's that vessel safety is not up to what the people of the US expect. Therefore, the US government has adopted stricter safety regulations on shipping than what the rest of the world has adopted (via the international conventions like SOLAS, MARPOL, etc). This problem continues today, despite the transition from steamboats to motor vessels. When a vessel calls at a foreign port during it's voyage, that voyage, by definition in again various international conventions
  11. Unless there is some preferential treatment agreement between Malta and Australia, no, I can't think of one. Malta is a member of the British Commonwealth, so that may play a part in their decision. I know that Australia issues "licenses" for a year at a time for foreign ships to engage in coastwise trade (that is protected under their cabotage laws to Australian flag ships), and there may be a preferential treatment for a ship flying the flag of a fellow Commonwealth member.
  12. As I've said, I have no real heartache with doing away with the US built clause of both the Jones Act and PVSA. But, while you can fly a foreign built aircraft within the US, you cannot do so on a foreign airline. If the PVSA were a protectionist piece of legislation, it would be doing a poor job of it. The PVSA actually discourages shipowners from registering in the US. It does do it's primary purpose, to ensure the safety of our domestic water traffic. The PVSA is not, and never was, a protectionist legislation. As I've pointed out to you many times in the past, it was passed lo
  13. The big difference is that passengers are allowed to go ashore, and the port stop is mentioned in the advertising for the cruise. Prior to 2007, neither of those were part of the port call.
  14. Don't bring up facts, you will be accused of taking things off topic.
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