|Abandonment ID:|| 00359|
|Ship name:||[Xin Yu No.1 - fishing vessel-resolved]|
|Flag:||People's Republic of China|
|7-digit IMO no.:||8721234|
|Port of abandonment:||operating in the Bering Sea and remains at sea|
|Abandonment date:||20 August 2018|
|Notification date:||29 August 2018|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||111|
|Nationalities:||China(81); Indonesia(14); Philippines(16)|
|Circumstances:||Filipino members of crew have not been paid since July 2018; have been denied medical treatment; have been denied food; are regularly working excessive hours; are working in unsafe conditions; are suffering abuse from crew of other nationalities; have been denied repatriation despite repeated request.|
Requested intervention of Philippines Embassy; Maritime Safety Administration of the People's Republic of China; POEA. Repeated requests for companies involved to repatriate the crew.
|Repatriation status:||25 October 2018: Repatriation pending|
Affected crew remain in vessel
27 November 2018: Repatriated
|Payment status:||25 October 2018: Payment Pending|
Crew have not been paid to date since July 2018
27 November 2018: Paid
The abandoned crew members reached a settlement with the employer and received basic wages for the unpaid period and an amount of compensation for injuries caused.
|Comments and Observations:||ITF (25 October 2018)|
This case is very concerning given the additional circumstances reported by the crew. The shipowner in China and the company which signed the employment agreements, based in Korea, have denied any problem exists.
The POEA has suspended the manning agent in the Philippines until the case is resolved.
ITF (8 January 2019)
It should be noted that only the 16 Filipino crew members had complained of abandonment (non-payment of wages and withholding of food).