The police believe Hurtigruten is breaking the law by having Filipino crews on board

The Hurtigruten ship MS Fridtjof NansenThe Hurtigruten ship MS Fridtjof Nansen.Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

The police in Møre og Romsdal believe that Hurtigruten is breaking the law by having Filipino crew on board the company’s expedition ship Fridtjof Nansen.

According to VG, the police believe that the crew on board Fridtjof Nansen must have a work permit to work on the ship that is at the dock.

The ship is located at the dock in Hellesylt and is used for accommodation in connection with the filming of the film Mission Impossible 7.

“As of now, the police’s opinion is that the crew must have a permit to work in this activity. The police have not found an exception to the rule that they must have a permit to work,” says section leader Svein Rike for Immigration and Border Control at Møre og Romsdal police district, to the newspaper.

The police have not concluded the case, but in the worst case, the Philippine crew can be deported and banned from entering Norway. Hurtigruten can also be fined.

Hurtigruten itself believes that they are not breaking the law and have had the rental of the ship approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority. Both Fellesforbundet and Sjømannsforbundet have reported Hurtigruten for violations.

Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (Venstre) is critical of the use of the ship, and has recommended a change in the law.

Hurtigruten has not yet commented on the case.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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