So we will see what's coming out?The general secretary of the seamen's union of Ireland, Bob Carrick, said the crews were upset at the presence onboard of security guards, employed by Irish Ferries to oversee the visit of the new staff.
Mr Carrick claimed Irish Ferries had put people on board the ship as normal passengers, who later changed into security guards' uniforms.
He told BBC Radio Wales: "These people went into one of the toilets on the ship and changed into what can only be described as battle gear - they came out in flak jackets and all dressed in black.
"The crew got an awful fright - they thought they were terrorists."
He said the crew were happy to sail with foreign crew on board, but not with security guards.
Tony Kelly, marketing director of Irish Ferries, said it was "absolute nonsense" that security guards had been in "battle gear".
"What we did do was place security on board the ships. That was our decision arising from a situation last year when we could not gain access to the ships when a dispute arose," he said.
"The guys concerned had body warmers on them - which is normal apparel - but they do have a uniform to be clear that they are in a security situation."
He said the company had to cut costs or risk going out of business.
James_C said:So sure, the Polish lads do well out of it, but what about the Irish seaman who are now facing life on the dole?
Are those now redundant men what the EEC is all about?
I thought the ITF had set a minimum wage?DAVIDJM said:Mentioning Polish seaman reminds me that a few years ago the master of the Swansea to Cork ferry was Polish but his wages was about £20 or was it £50 a week and most of that he was sending home to his family. When the crew heard of his low wage they had a whip round for him.
As seamanship is and international profession, its a pity that there wasn’t any regulations on the minimum wage at sea, perhaps then if the shipping companies want to hire crews from another country they will have to pay them the same as there own countrymen.. I know it is financially unfeasible but it would lessen the disgruntlement among crews