|Abandonment ID:|| 00403|
|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
Cc: BANGKOK, Registry
Subject: Message from Ms Corinne Vargha, Director, NORMES
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.
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)
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)
Due to the current pandemic, the Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has not been able to physically visit the veseel to evaluate the situation.
Based on the representations received from the ULA's master, PISR believed that the situation was under control.