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IMO8102414


Abandonment ID: 00403
Ship name:ULA
Flag:Palau
7-digit IMO no.:8102414
Port of abandonment:Asaluyeh, Iran > Port of Shuaiba, Kuwait
Abandonment date:27 July 2019
Notification date:9 September 2019
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:ITF (Jonathan Warring)
No. of Seafarers:20
Nationalities:Bangladesh(1); Georgia(1); India(17); Turkey(1)
Circumstances:No wages paid for 2.5-7 months. The vessel is in black out with no fuel and a constant lack of provisions.
Actions taken:8 April 2020: Other
ILO received a communication dated 2 April 2020 from ICS and ITF requesting the urgent intervention of the Director-General. Therefore, ILO sent an intervention letter to flag state (Palau) and port state (Kuwait) on 7 April 2020.
Payment status:4 March 2020: Partially paid
It was reported that 15 members of the crew received a part payment on 4 March 2020. 10 crew members received nothing.
12 crew memberes disembarked last year without full payment.
They have not been given any information regarding when wages will be settled or when they can leave the vessel.
Comments and Observations:International Labour Organization (8 April 2020)
From: NORMES, SECRETARIAT
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:46 PM
To: bfat.mos@palaugov.org
Cc: BANGKOK, Registry
Subject: Message from Ms Corinne Vargha, Director, NORMES

Dear Sir,
On behalf of Ms Corinne Vargha, Director, NORMES, please find attached a letter and enclosure for your attention regarding the intervention of abandonment of ULA.
This letter is being issued in electronic form only; no paper copy of the letter will be sent.
Best regards,
NORMES Secretariat


ITF (15 April 2020)
The vessel is now alongside in the port of Shuaiba, Kuwait. The crew reports that the vessel has been arrested, but we have not seen any official documents to confirm this.
The crew have reported that 15 members of crew received a part payment on 4 March. 10 crew received nothing. There are also 12 crew members who disembarked last year without full payment.
It is also reported that the Master and Ch Eng receive USD10,000 last week.
Five crew members have had their contracts terminated and are confined to their cabins. We are very concerned for the wellbeing of all crew, and these five in particular.
The crew have not been given any information regarding when wages will be settled or when they can leave the vessel.

Other (17 April 2020)
From IGP&I

I am aware that there has been recent correspondence in respect of the MV ULA abandonment case and I have been invited to comment. For the sake of good order, I merely wish to inform you that, unfortunately, the ship is not insured by one of the 13 mutual insurers of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) see here http://britishsteamship.com/ . Our member associations are listed here https://www.igpandi.org/group-clubs . The British Steamship has chosen a name that closely resembles the Britannia steam ship association aka the Britannia club, which happens to be one of two IG clubs that has never had an abandonment case.
We have absolutely no association with British Steamship insurer and for that reason I cannot provide guidance or intervene. I can only suggest that the Palau administration that granted registration services to the shipowner and approved the insurance provider, may now wish to review its list of approved insurers if they have grounds to believe that the insurer has evaded its obligations under the MLC. That is a matter entirely in the hands of the flag administration.

Other (28 April 2020)
Some crew members onboard MV ULA have declared to the company that they would wait until 7th of May for salaries to be deposited in their accounts otherwise they would stop working from 8th of May.

Govt. of Palau (1 May 2020)
The Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has been monitoring the situation on board the ULA since September 1, 2019. On January 8, 2020, Chief Officer confirmed that the ULA had received adequate stores, and that an agreement had been reached for the settlement of wages, although cash was not yet on board. PISR thus believed that the situation had been resolved when, on March 30, 2020, it received a message from the ULA's master. requesting assistance from the Kuwaiti authorities to deal with an attempted mutiny on board. The captain reported that he had detained four crewmen in their cabin until they could be taken into custody by the Kuwait authorities and provided statements from the other crew members. On April 23, 2020, the Captain reported that the situation had settled down and the vessel was currently peaceful as they waited for the four crewmen to be able to disembark. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, PISR has not been able to physically visit the vessel to evaluate the situation. It has thus been relying on the master of the vessel to relay the situation. Based on the representations received from the ULA's master, PISR believed that the situation was under control. PISR will conduct an urgent investigation so that we can ensure the safety of all of the crew and satisfy all of our legal obligations. I will provide a further report to you as soon as I have additional information on this situation.

ILO/IMO (28 May 2020)
IMO requested the flag and port state concerned for a speedy resolution.

Govt. of Palau (14 September 2020)
Palau certified that the registration of ULA as a ship navigating under the Republic of Palau Flag was terminated on September 14 2020 because the registration certificates had expired since May 01 2020.

ITF (25 September 2020)
The vessel has been declared stateless. IMO, ITF and state parties continue to try to find a solution. Legal proceedings will be required to solve the case.

 
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