During this visit, the m/v Star Masaya was loaded with coal in the port of Nachodka – said Nikolai Sukhanov, the chairman of the SUR Far Eastern Territorial Organization. Although crew salaries are at a good level – the base rate for AB and captain is $1,364 and $9,360 respectively, Filipino, Greek and Romanian crew members have no guarantee of decent employment conditions, as there is no collective agreement on board. Previously, m/v Star Masaya was covered by the collective agreement, but the document expired on March 31, 2019. The Greek company Sitinas Shipping Co did not renew the contract. The absence of a collective agreement between the union and the employer means the lack of control and other effective tools to protect the interests of crew members. The only guarantee for seafarers working on board a ship flying a comfort flag is a collective agreement signed with the trade union organization because it guarantees high wages, one-off wages, the right to the request of a union and other important social guarantees. . . .