What is the social insurance for seafarers?
The social insurance for seafarers which has existed since 1974 is an important part of the social security protection of seafarers on board German ships. The social insurance for seafarers is an establishment from the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Knappschaft-Bahn-See.
The social insurance for seafarers supplements the German social insurance system for seafarers in that they can go into retirement from seafaring before they reach the statutory retirement age and can then under certain circumstances be paid a transitional allowance in the same amount as the expected regular state pension payments. The social insurance for seafarers therefore does justice to the special shipping requirements and conditions which the statutory pension insurance does not take into account.
All of the seafarers who are employed on sea-going vessels and are subject to compulsory pension insurance are insured with the social insurance for seafarers, in addition to them being accident insured with the German occupational accident insurance for seafarers. All coastal mariners and coastal fishers who are subject to compulsory pension insurance are also insured with the social insurance for seafarers.
A voluntary insurance is not possible in the social insurance for seafarers. This is also the case if no benefits are granted. However, seafarers who are no longer able to meet the insurance law requirements for the drawing of a transitional allowance until they reach the state retirement pension age can be exempted from the obligation to make contributions subject to an adherence to the application deadline.
Mariners who permanently discontinue with employment in the seafaring industry including high-sea and coastal fishing can draw a transitional allowance from the social insurance for seafarers upon application. The transitional allowance is paid until there is entitlement to a pension on the grounds of a full reduction in earning capacity or a full age-related pension in accordance with state pension insurance regulations.
The transitional allowance is paid in the same amount as a regular retirement pension without supplementary periods and periods pursuant to international and supra-national law as the insurance account stands in the German state pension insurance at the time the payment of the transitional allowance is commenced.
The staff at the
Deutsche Rentenversicherung Knappschaft-Bahn-See
are responsible for the social insurance for seafarers task.
Valid as of: 01.01.2009