Marine fares to control costs and avoid soaring travel budgets

by Traveleads | January 15, 2020 | In The Air Latest News

It’s widely known that working in the energy sector is fast paced.   Particularly for the extensive mobile workforces travelling around the world to reach remote locations on and offshore.  In the UK alone, there are over 50,000 employees travelling to Oil & Gas assets, many of which are on fixed rotations so travel plans can be fairly easily arranged.  However, best laid logistics can very quickly change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.  Not to mention changing schedules for ad-hoc personnel who wait patiently for that call and are required to be flexible and ready to ‘go’ at the drop of a hat.   

Managing the costs of unpredictable travel plans is crucial for energy companies sending workers offshore, as expenditure can easily soar as schedules change and the weather causes delays.  This is where marine fares come into play.

But what is a marine fare?

In a nutshell, a marine fare is discounted published fare which allows flexibility for changing flight requirements for employees and contractors travelling to and from offshore platforms and vessels Agreements are put in place between Travel Management Companies (TMC’s) and major airlines, providing savings up to 30-40%.    

What are the benefits?

The main benefits of a marine fare are; 

  1. You can change your flights (multiple times if necessary) without a penalty fee – this can cost up to £500 per change.  
  2. Marine travellers get priority over other travellers for a new seat or rescheduled flight if their flight is cancelled or delayed.
  3. Extra baggage – carrying heavy work boots, clothing and even equipment would easily put a marine traveller over the normal baggage allowance. However, with a marine fare the baggage allowance is increased.

Are marine fates just for ‘Marines’? 

Marine fares aren’t just for ‘Marines’.   Energy workers travelling to and from oil rigs as well as vessels can qualify for marine fares. The list of disciplines that qualify is extensive and includes  everyone from; engineers, surveyors, health and safety inspectors, auditors to hospitality staff.

How do I qualify?

Whether you’re an engineer or health and safety inspector travelling to an offshore asset, you will qualify if you fit in under the following categories; 

  1. Seaman travelling on duty to/from vessel and who are in possession of a valid seaman’s book  
  2. Staff employed to work on a vessel who are not a registered seaman but are added to the manifest 
  3. A wife/husband of staff travelling to/from a vessel who have been added to the manifest 
  4. Engineers, contractors, surveyors and superintendents travelling to/from a vessel or offshore platform to carry out work, whether in dock or at sea 
  5. Persons engaged in re-positioning of semi-submersible or drilling rigs under their own power

I’ve got my marine fare; do I just need my ticket?

Strict policies are put in place by airlines to ensure the marine fares are not misused. Therefore, showing up to the airport with just your ticket won’t suffice. You’ll need to have proof of your intent to travel for work purposes which includes; 

  1. A letter on company headed paper outlining your need to travel, which includes your name, destination, purpose of travel and name of asset or vessel and port of registry 
  2. A seaman’s logbook (if relevant) 
  3. A company contract showing details of employment

That’s a lot to remember, can TMC’s help?

Absolutely!  That’s when using a trusted TMC and ‘marine fare’ expert will provide added value to logistics and crewing operations.   

We have access to competitive marine fares, follow the strict airline requirements, ensure you are organised with the correct paperwork and we are on hand 24/7 ready to re-book and organise a new plan of action, controlling costs and giving you peace of mind at all times.   

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