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Compensation of seamen’s travel expenses

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The State supports Finnish seafaring by compensating the shipping companies for the travel expenses of the crew, for example. The reimbursement of travel expenses is a state aid to shipping companies that is regulated at EU level in the guidelines for maritime transport. 

Sections 1 and 2 of the Act on the act on travel expenses of seamen to be reimbursed from the state funds lay down the grounds for travel reimbursed from state funds. Section 1 of the Act applies to vessels included in the list of merchant vessels and section 2 applies to vessels not included in the list of merchant vessels. The grounds for compensation are different depending on whether the seamen in question are within the EU and EEA or from third countries.

Compensation will be paid only for the costs incurred for the travel of employed persons. The right to compensation does not include, for example, the travel of interns when the internship is not carried out in an employment relationship. A prerequisite for receiving compensation is that the work has been carried out on a Finnish vessel. However, the employer does not need to be a Finnish shipping company, as long as the vessel sails under the Finnish flag. 

For more information, see the guidelines on the employer’s right to compensation from state funds for the travel expenses of seamen.

Do the following

The payment unit of the KEHA Centre will pay the transfers upon application. The application is submitted in the regional administration e-services.

How to apply for payment

You can apply for payment electronically in the regional administration e-services. Complete the application thoroughly and add the required appendices.

More information about authorisation

A person authorised can submit the payment request in the regional administration e-services. The authorisation to use the services is given in Suomi.fi e-Authorizations. Mandate roles ensure that the persons preparing and sending grant applications have the right to represent the organisation.

Authorised persons use the e-service on behalf of their organisation through Suomi.fi e-Identification. You can log into the e-service with your personal banking IDs, a mobile certificate or a certificate card after you have been authorised. In addition to Suomi.fi e-Authorizations, organisations need their business ID to use the e-services.

The mandate for transactions required when using the regional administration e-services is called Työllisyyden, ympäristön, elinkeinotoiminnan ja liikenteen valtioavustusten hakeminen (Applying for government grant for employment, environment, business activities and transport).

The authorisation is subject to the valid instructions of the Suomi.fi service. Persons without separate authorisation can act on behalf of an organisation only if they have an existing mandate for transactions or a right based on register data.

To whom and on what terms

Compensable expenses includes

  • direct travel expenses (airline, rail and bus tickets, use of a private car, etc.),
  • employee’s subsistence expenses during the journey (accommodation and meals during the journey) and
  • travel arrangement costs.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byDevelopment and Administration centre for ELY Centres and TE Offices
Other responsible organisationsCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Responsible for the serviceDevelopment and Administration centre for ELY Centres and TE Offices
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: KEHA Centre
Updated: 3/1/2022