The persons entitled to the
compensation for the death of a seafarer during his employment
Most collective agreements which cover sea-going vessels and contain the working conditions of seafarers, their social and material guarantees contain the provision stating that the payment of a compensation for the death of a seafarer is made to the beneficiary ( "next of kin"), which is appointed by a seafarer before leaving on a voyage. This is secured by putting the name of the next of kin into the employment contract or into the application form, which is filled by the seafarer in a crewing agency. As a rule, the correct filling of "next of kin" column allows to avoid disputes between the relatives of the deceased seafarer on who is entitled to receive compensation for his death. Also, it brings in the distinctness for the ship owner and his P&I Club to whom they have to make the relevant payment.