The deduction for expense or loss caused to the employer by absence a seaman’s without leave used to be £300. Why was it reduced to £100?

It was reduced in 1999 to bring the maximum deductions in The Merchant Shipping (Seamen’s Wages and Accounts) Regulations into line with the limits set in the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. It is explained in MGN 136.

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