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Jacyn Wade
29th September 2011, 06:12 PM
May be a silly question but do Merchant Mariners receive a pension? Just looking for another avenue to trace my father. So, if you do receive a pension, who issues it? Thanks, all.

Paul Steel
29th September 2011, 06:29 PM
I have a Merchant Navy Officers Pension waiting for me when I get to 61, but cannot speak for other personnel.

Captain Kong
29th September 2011, 06:54 PM
Hi Jacyn,
This is the MNOPF. ADDRESS BELOW.
Have you got his NI number or his Membership Number of the Pension Fund??.
Ask them and give as much detail as you have. D.O.B. Discharge book Number, N.I. Number etc etc..
The address is ..........
.
Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund.
Leatherhead House.
Station Road.
Leatherhead.
Surrey
KT22 7ET
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email www.mnpa.co.uk
phone 01372 386666
.
Cheers
Brian.

Jacyn Wade
29th September 2011, 06:58 PM
Thanks very much, Brian. All I have is his D.O.B. and Discharge Book Number so I hope that's enough.

Cheers!
Jacyn

Captain Kong
29th September 2011, 07:00 PM
Try them Jacyn.
If you dont ask, you dont get.
Good Luck
Cheers
Brian

Gulliver
29th September 2011, 07:21 PM
I have a Merchant Navy Officers Pension waiting for me when I get to 61, but cannot speak for other personnel.


Re the MNOPF-it's a good well-managed one as far as pension funds are concerned.I 'released' mine 4 years ago(20 years seagoing and 17 years 'deferred' service) when I was 55,and it's a very welcome monthly sum,plus I got a lump sum.
Mind you,I paid in for 20 years,and it was quite a fair chunk out of my salary at that time.

So no regrets then.

Gulliver

Keith Moody
29th September 2011, 08:55 PM
whilst on this item, how many MN sailors left the sea and worked ashore then moved to a different continent? well if you moved to places like Canada, New Zealand Australia or South Africa, your regular pension will have been frozen and then paid to you at 65 at the rate it was paid in the year you left blighty.
no indexing what so ever, there are various organisations in these countries trying to change this.
if i had moved to France, Spain, Germany, Lybia USA i would now be getting a full pension, does that make sense?
anyone who has any influence as a group are asked to support this and lobby your local MP. on behalf of those MN members living abroad.
keith moody
seafarer R63579

Glan Phillips
29th September 2011, 10:09 PM
I left the U.K. in 1981 to work in the Bahamas and decided to pay class 2 contributions into the U.K. system. I only did this for two years, so from age 53 til 65 did not pay in any contributions. Since 1984 have lived in Florida, the move was due to my employment with a Miami based cruise line.
At age 65 I was granted a U.K. pension, they pay me 89% which is fair enough considering that I did not continue to pay into the system until age 65.
Being in the U.S. one is entitled to annual increases, if any.

Cheers.....Glan

Jacyn Wade
30th September 2011, 01:39 PM
Well, MNOPF won't tell me a thing, due to "data protection". I guess no surprise there. Damn! Apologies, can I say damn on this site? They did suggest I contact Nautilus International, which is apparently the Officers Union for seafarers. I've been on the site and it looks like I have to join as a member before I can post anything, and it's not free. Are any of you gents familar with Nautilus International? Not sure if this is worth my while, since I don't think my dad was ever an officer.

Trader
30th September 2011, 09:53 PM
Jacyn, if your father was a rating when did he finish with the sea.? The MNRPF didn't start until 1978 so if he left before then he would be entitled to nothing unless he was with a company that had its own ratings fund and I don't think there were many of them.

Alec.

Keith Moody
30th September 2011, 10:13 PM
Trader, nothing to do with ppensions but did i see you in the PARK INN last week with a group of guys.
keith
R635978

Jacyn Wade
30th September 2011, 11:47 PM
Jacyn, if your father was a rating when did he finish with the sea.? The MNRPF didn't start until 1978 so if he left before then he would be entitled to nothing unless he was with a company that had its own ratings fund and I don't think there were many of them.

Alec.

That's interesting to know, thanks, Alec. See, part of the trouble is I have no idea when he left the sea. The records I have stop at 1972 and I can't find anything beyond that year. I've never met him and all I have are odds and sods of information. It's worse than looking for a needle in a haystack!

Gordon Turnbull
1st October 2011, 08:43 AM
MNRPF started later but there was a ratings pension before that. I used to contribute but when I joined BP I got a letter about 10 years later stating that as I had not made any payments for 10 years and I only had less than two years contributions it would be refunded.

Trader
1st October 2011, 04:45 PM
Trader, nothing to do with ppensions but did i see you in the PARK INN last week with a group of guys.
keith
R635978

Hiya Keith,
I only got back from Corfu a couple of days ago so it wasn't me in the Park Inn. I did use it years ago but it is too expensive for me these days. I use the Funkey Monkey these days but only in the afternoons, I never go out in the evenings nowadays. Cheapest pub in Dover just alongside the underpass to the seafront. I shall be in there Tuesday afternoon around 1 pm. if you are still about.

Alec.

Keith Moody
1st October 2011, 05:20 PM
sorry mate i thought it might have been you, however unable to meet you as i am back in winnipeg now, soaking up the 26degree weather which should last for the next week then down to the minuses for the winter. maybe see you one day .
keith