A deal between the UK Chamber of Shipping and unions over employment terms of crew onboard British-flagged ships trading in the Middle East Gulf could have implications for seafarers’ wages across the industry.

A meeting on Monday of the Warlike Operations Area Committee (WOAC), involving the chamber and officers’ union Nautilus International, discussed whether the area should be declared a high-risk area after the seizure of the 50,000-dwt Stena Impero (built 2018) by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.