Maritime Law

Manning Agency Agreement

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What is a manning agency agreement?

A manning agency agreement is a contract between a manning agency and a shipowner or operator, outlining the terms and conditions for the recruitment and employment of seafarers on the shipowner’s vessels.

Who are the parties involved in a manning agency agreement?

The primary parties involved are the manning agency (which recruits the seafarers) and the shipowner or operator (who employs the seafarers on their vessels).

What are the key elements of a manning agency agreement?

Key elements typically include the scope of services, recruitment procedures, terms of employment, payment terms, responsibilities of each party, and dispute resolution mechanisms.

How long does a manning agency agreement last?

The duration of a manning agency agreement varies and is specified within the contract. It can range from a few months to several years, depending on the needs of the shipowner and the agreement between the parties.

What responsibilities does the manning agency have?

The manning agency is responsible for recruiting, screening, and providing qualified seafarers, ensuring compliance with international and local maritime laws, and managing employment documentation.

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What responsibilities does the shipowner have?

The shipowner is responsible for providing job descriptions, specifying the qualifications required, paying the agreed fees to the manning agency, and ensuring proper working conditions and benefits for the seafarers.

How are disputes resolved in a manning agency agreement?

Dispute resolution methods are usually outlined in the agreement and can include negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation, depending on the preferences of the parties involved.

What laws govern manning agency agreements?

Manning agency agreements are governed by international maritime laws, the laws of the country where the manning agency is based, and the laws of the flag state of the vessel.

Can a manning agency agreement be terminated?

Yes, the agreement can be terminated by mutual consent of both parties or due to breach of contract, failure to meet obligations, or other conditions specified in the agreement.

Why is a manning agency agreement important?

It ensures clear expectations and responsibilities for both the manning agency and the shipowner, promotes compliance with legal requirements, and helps in the smooth operation of maritime labor management.

This text does not constitute legal advice but rather the opinion of the author.

Advokat Vojislav S. Dulić


Vojislav S. Dulić

Vojislav Dulić is an attorney at law born in Herceg Novi, specifically in the town of Bijela.

He successfully completed his primary and secondary education in Geneva, thus acquiring an international education and perspective that further enriches his practice. Upon returning to Serbia, he further honed his knowledge and skills by practicing law in Belgrade, where he had the opportunity to work on various complex cases at a prestigious law firm.

He further complemented his practice by working in Geneva, within various branches of law. He speaks English, French, and Italian.

He is a member of the Belgrade Bar Association.