If a ship enters waters or calls at ports representing a risk of piracy, the
shipowner is obliged to take care of the seafarers. The shipowner must take
measures beforehand to prepare the ship and the crew for any attacks, to prevent attacks
and to handle incidents where the ship is attacked, including if the crewmembers
are taken hostage.
As a seafarer you are entitled to terminate your service on board immediately
and, otherwise, in the first port or roads that the ship calls at if the ship
is, before leaving the port of departure, ordered to enter an area
representing a risk of the ship being seized by belligerents, being exposed to
war damage or to a menacing situation equal to this, such as piracy, or if such
a risk has been considerably increased.
Any requirement to terminate the service on board must be forwarded as soon
as possible after the seafarer has become aware of the condition. The master is
responsible for making the crew aware of any possible risk by means of posters
or in any other manner.
If the seafarer terminates service because of a risk of the ship being seized
by belligerents, being exposed to war damage or to a menacing situation equal to
this or because such a risk has been considerably increased, both the seafarer
and the shipowner or the employer can give notice of termination in accordance
with the provisions of either the employment contract or those of section 6 or
37 of the act on seafarers’ conditions of employment, etc.