The European Commission has approved an update of German regulations to lower non-wage costs for seafarers.

Companies employing seafarers on eligible ships, registered in the European Union and European Economic Area (EEA), will be able to request a reduction in German social security contributions for their seafarers, matching the employer's contribution.

The changes to the Senkung der Lohnnebenkosten in der Seeschifffahrt will increase the number of shipping companies qualified to receive state aid.