Nationality requirements could force major German carrier to outflag

One of Germany's biggest ship management companies, Reederei NSB, demands more relaxed rules for employment of German and European seafarers on board ships.

Photo: Hamborg Havn

German Reederei NSB, which operates 42 ships under German flag - more than any other ship management company in Germany - threatens in a press release on Friday to out-flag its ships unless the conditions for employing German and European seafarers on German-flagged vessels are eased.

Reederei NSB says that due to the continuing tough market environment the employment and the continued employment of German and European seafarers is no longer economically viable and the company would put its position at risk if it continued to operate vessels under German flag.

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