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ADVANTAGES FOR SHIPOWNERS AND SEAFARERS

The website "deutsche-flagge.de" is
the central internet presence of the German flag state administration.
Here, you will find all important
information concerning maritime shipping under the German flag.

 

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BG Verkehr Merger

From 1. January 2016 the Berufsgenossenschaft für Transport und Verkehrwirtschaft (occupational accident insurance fund for transport and traffic) and the Unfallkasse Post und Telekom (post and telecommunications pension fund) have merged. The new occupational accident insurance fund will be operated under the name „Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehrswirtschaft Post-Logistik Telekommunikation". The abbreviation remains „BG Verkehr“.

Not much changes for shipping under German flag. Newly issued Ship Safety Certificates will carry the new name of the occupational accident insurance fund from now on. The contact details of our experts at the Ship Safety Division of the BG Verkehr, however, have not changed. More information on this topic can be found on www.bg-verkehr.de. This is also where you can find the new image film of BG Verkehr.


SAFETY AND SECURITY

Rescue of refugees by German Marine

Rescuing Refugees in the Mediterranean Sea

In light of the continuing influx of refugees in the Mediterranean region, several international organisations have published guidelines regarding the rescue of refugees at sea:

1. Rescue at Sea

This 16 page guideline gives an overview of the legal requirements of rescuing refugees as well as practical information for masters, shipping companies and maritime rescue coordination centres (MRCCs).

2. Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea

At 28 pages this guidance contains practical notes on the rescue of large groups of refugees on a seagoing vessel. A checklist for shipping companies and masters as well as coloured safety notes to put up on board supports the crew with the rescue of refugees and their accommodation on board.

3. Recovery of persons from the water

This 6 page guideline helps mostly shipping companies to develop appropriate measures when letting refugees come aboard. Among other things it contains practical notes on necessary equipment.

 

Especially for crew members working on board a German-flagged ship, who had to watch shipwrecked persons or refugees drown, support is offered: The “Trauma-Lotsen” (trauma pilots) of the occupational accident insurance body (Berufsgenossenschaft) take care of seafarers with trauma.