Crew Strikes: Finnish crews strike in the Baltic

An Assured operated a regular service using Finnish flag vessels, with Finnish crews, between the Baltic States and Finland. The crew heard rumours of the operation becoming subject to a joint agreement with unknown parties in one of the Baltic States, with changes to crew manning agreements and other conditions. They decided to take strike action by refusing to take the vessel out of port. Despite the owners issuing statements denying any such moves, it was several days before the crew could be persuaded that there was no truth in the rumour. Transmarine was able to indemnify the Assured for the delay to the vessel at the agreed daily insured sum.