|Abandonment ID:|| 00440|
|Ship name:||MT Gulf Sky[disputed]|
|7-digit IMO no.:||9150377|
|Port of abandonment:||Khor Fakkan|
|Abandonment date:||March 2020|
|Notification date:||15 June 2020|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||Non-governmental Organization (ISWAN)|
|No. of Seafarers:||28|
|Circumstances:||Unpaid wages, insufficient food and bunker supply|
|Actions taken:||7 May 2020: Flag State informed|
|Repatriation status:||Repatriation pending|
All crew are on-board.
All 28 crew have returned home.
|Payment status:||Payment Pending|
The pending wages are USD 109,145.
|Comments and Observations:||Govt. of India (2 July 2020)|
Ministry of Shipping has immediatery taken up the matter with the concerned recruitment and placement company/agency that has supplied the provision, water and bunker to the vessel for the month of March and April.
The Master informed the Directorate that neither the owner nor the RPS company have paid any salary to all the 28 Indian crew on board ship since last 4 months.
Non-governmental Organization (17 July 2020)
The master of the vessel has stated that the vessel was hijacked by armed men at UAE anchorage on 5th July.
The vessel was taken to Iran where all 28 Indian crew disembaked on 14th July.
26 Indian crew were able to return home on 15th July by flight from Tehran to Delhi, however 2 crew could not board the flight because they did not have passports.
The salaries are still pending but their crewing agent in India assured that the entire crew will receive complete dues soon.
Non-governmental Organization (1 September 2020)
All 28 crew have returned home but their wages are still unpaid. Seafarers have earlier complaint that their vessel was hijacked off UAE and the crew were released in Iran and returned home on 15 July 2020.
ITF (25 September 2020)
Disputed. Crew have returned home, but not been paid.
Non-governmental Organization (23 October 2020)
No development. Crew have been also raising concern about their CDC which is in custody of investigative agency in UAE. They cannot join back ship again due to same. Wages are pending as well.
Non-governmental Organization (15 January 2021)
Crew concern still remains same, duplicate CDC has been issued by DG Shipping office but concern regarding wages are still the same.