Working conditions on board Faroese fishing Vessels: The Anita Case

Marita Joensen

Student thesis: Master thesis


On February 2014 an Indonesian fisherman was caught in the net and dragged to the sea while working on board a Faroese fishing vessel. Subsequently the Faroese national broadcasting company revealed the Indonesians’ insufficient working conditions on board the Vessel Through a case study design this thesis has analyzed how labor standards affect the enforcement mechanisms available to Faroese public authorities in combatting insufficient working conditions on Faroese fishing vessels. First of all, the Faroese Maritime Authority did not act and bring the vessel to port immediately for investigation and psychological relief for the crew, even though according to the Law concerning Safety at Sea, it had the jurisdiction to do so. Second of all the foreigners’ wages were 7 times lower than their Faroese counterparts, but according to the Aliens Act this is not illegal. And at last, inspections by the authorities was and still is not effective enough, but by pulling together resources and jurisdictions an electronic system could assist in overcoming ineffective inspections of working conditions.

EducationsMSc in International Business and Politics, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2015
Number of pages93