12 Apr 2017

Samoan sailors off to Europe, urged not to waste earnings

5:17 pm on 12 April 2017

Seventy seafarers from Samoa are heading to Europe to work on vessels owned by Italy's Mediterranean Shipping Company.

Detail of MSC cruise ship moving through San Marco canal in Venice, Italy. MSC is the world's second largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity and also owns 12 cruise ships.

Detail of MSC cruise ship moving through San Marco canal in Venice, Italy. MSC is the world's second largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity and also owns 12 cruise ships. Photo: Copyright: donyanedomam / 123RF Stock Photo

Samoan Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said, in a farewell speech, it was the first time seafarers would be paid $US1300 a month.

Those re-hired stood to receive $US1600 a month.

He said the strong US dollar would mean a doubling of their earnings in Samoan currency.

A group of seafarers from Samoa are heading to Europe to work.

A group of seafarers from Samoa are heading to Europe to work. Photo: Tipi Autagavaia

The prime minister urged the young sailors, who would be working on cruise and cargo ships, to save money for their families and not spend it on alcohol and other entertainment.

Tuilaepa reminded them many Samoan seafarers had lost their jobs in the past because of alcohol-related incidents.

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