|Comments and Observations:||Govt. of Saint Kitts and Nevis (27 October 2020)|
The registration of the subject vessel has expired with effect of 12 June 2020. No application has been made by the registered owners of the vessel to renew. Nevertheless, we will assist in any way possible to resolve without our means the situation. We will pass on the below notification to our regional office in Dubai for their actions in contacting the registered owners for prompt actions.
Govt. of Saint Kitts and Nevis (28 October 2020)
The contents are noted and have been relayed to the owner of the vessel and we have requested to receive an update as a matter of priority.
Govt. of Saint Kitts and Nevis (29 October 2020)
From the owner of the vessel
1. The vessel is no longer under St Kitts Flag and was transferred to another Flag (Tanzania) and Class
back in August 2020 and this information needs to be updated at your end;
2. The vessel was sold (via share transfer) to another shareholders group who took over the vessel and
believe they have not allocated the shares in their name as yet;
3. There was a crew problem which had emulated into crew wages pile up and the vessel was not in
Sharjah in Feb at all. The vessel discharged her cargo in Iraq back in July and was enroute to Karachi to
load cargo, however, crew stopped the vessel and brought it into Sharjah anchorage back in late August.
The vessel was then brought into Dubai anchorage for crew changes etc which was successfully
completed for crew change for crew whose contracts were over;
4. At present we have only 1 crew who is creating problem and is planned for sign off at vessels current
port and other than that crew change has already been completed;
Govt. of Bangladesh (1 November 2020)
We have communicated with our relevant office in Abu Dhabi regarding this matter.
ILO/IMO (2 December 2020)
I duly note the request from Directorate General of Shipping, India that the factual status in the matter may be confirmed from the source of the complaint. Therefore I would like to invite ITF to provide information whether:
.1 there is a total of 21 Indian Seafarers instead of 10 Indian seafarers as was reported;
.2 the totality of the crew has been successfully repatriated; and
.3 the totality of all outstanding remuneration and contractual entitlements has been paid and duly received by all the crew members.
Govt. of India (2 December 2020)
From Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
I am directed to refer to your email dated 28.10.2020 informing that the vessel AIZDIHAR (lMo No. 8906846) is abandoned in Shariah, UAE since 28.02.2020 having onboard 26 seafarers (10 from Bangladesh, l0 from India, 03 from Pakistan,02 from Egypt and 0l from Syria).
2. In this connection it is stated that on examining the database of this Directorate it is observed that there is a discrepancy in the number of Indian seafarers on board the above vessel. There are a total of 2l Indian Seafarers (as per list attached) engaged by 4 Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers Licensed agents and not l0 Indian seafarers as reported in your e-mail.
3. Further, the matter was immediately taken up with the concerned Indian Recruitment and Placement of Seafarer (RPS) Service. It is informed to this Directorate by them that the vessel is not in a state of abandonment and is trading and presently the vessel is discharging cargo at the port of Bandar Abbas, Iran and is expected to reach Dubai in the next 15-20 days. It is also informed by the RPS that the crew have received their wages and they have no grievances regarding non payment of wages by the RPS Companies.
4. ln view of the foregoing it is requested that factual status in the matter may be got confirmed from the source of the complaint and communicated to this office.
ILO/IMO (3 December 2020)
Our GISIS records show the vessel under St Kitts & Nevis flag and the same info would show on Equasis as they are supplied with the same information. Interestingly, the ship was also included in the St Kitts & Nevis fleet list that was submitted for the IMO Tonnage Assessment. That list concerns all vessels registered under the flag of St Kitts & Nevis as at 30th June 2020. There was also received a monthly list from St Kitts & Nevis of vessels that are deleted from the register. The AIZDIHAR is not mentioned as deleted / cancelled in the lists that were received for June, July, August or September. Recently IHS Market informed that the ship is registered in Tanzania with effect from 29 August 2020.
ITF (3 December 2020)
The vessel was detained by PSC in Bandar Abbas, Iran in mid-October because of a number of deficiencies including wages.
When we reported the vessel as abandoned we were informed that there were 26 seafarers on board.
There are currently 23 seafarers on board comprising of Pakistan (2), India (10), Bangladesh (7) and Syria (4) according to the latest crew list.
12 crew were paid and repatriated in the UAE and replaced by 10 new crew, and one more was repatriated in Bandar Abbas.
There are outstanding wages for every crew member ranging from 2 to 12 months and totalling more than US$195,000. The 2nd Officer has stated that he has been paid 80% of his outstanding wages but it still waiting for the remaining 20% and repatriation. If the Indian RPS agents are claiming that the outstanding wages have been paid we would welcome copies of the receipts as the crew as adamant they have not been paid.
The crew it seems have also been trying to get fresh water delivered to the vessel.
Govt. of Saint Kitts and Nevis (4 December 2020)
The Permanent Mission has the honour to share the following concerns of the St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANREG) that:
1) progress is being impeded by the lack of up-to-date information on the precise identity of the seafarers;
2) on the evening of Wednesday 25th November 2020, SKANREG was informed that 12 of the 26 crew members listed as abandoned by the IMO, has actually been repatriated since August, while the vessel was in the UAE
3) to date, the slow response and the absence of accurate information, in a timely manner, from the ITF, as evidenced in 2 above, continues to hinder the prompt resolution of this matter.
The Permanent Mission wishes to reiterate the commitment of SKANREG in diligently bringing this matter to a close and wishes to highlight further that:
1) the SKANREG is fully committeed to resolving the seafarers abandonment case, in respect of claims made while the MV AIZDIHAR was registered as a Saint Kitts and Nevis flagged vessel and acknowledges its obligations under the MLC.
2) SKANREG requests that all information be provided within a reasonable timeframe, noting that request have been made on two previous occasions for the details of the 26 claimants in order to cross reference with information of those repatriated and those who may still be onboard.
3) commercial matters, in respect of a mortage is outstanding, for the vessel to be officailly removed from the Register.
4) having regard for the June 12th expiry of registration, the vessel is no longer considered a St. Kitts and Nevis registered vessel; and
5) the Registry looks forward to and encourage all concerned to work collaboratively to resolve any and all relevant outstanding matters.
ILO/IMO (7 December 2020)
IMO duly notes that the St. Kitts and Nevis International ship Registry is fully committed to resolving this abandonment of seafarers case, in respect of claims made while the MV AIZDIHAR was registered as a Saint Kitts and Navis flagged vessel and that it acknowledges its obligations under the MLC, 2006 as amended. IMO also duly notes the request that all information be provided within a reasonable timeframe, in particular regarding details of those crew members who have already been repatriated and those who still may be on board. IMO further notes the statement that having regard for the 12 June expiry of registration, the vessel is no longer considered a St. Kitts and Nevis registered vessel.
IMO pointed out in an earlier message concerning the issue of registration that the IMO GISIS records is showing the vessel under St Kitts & Nevis flag and the same info is also on Equasis as they are supplied with the same information. This issue was immediately taken up with IHS Market that is operating the information on these data systems and they confirmed that the ship was also included in the St Kitts & Nevis fleet list that was submitted to IHS Market for the IMO Tonnage Assessment. That list concerns all vessels registered under the flag of St Kitts & Nevis as at 30 June 2020. There was also received a monthly list from St Kitts & Nevis of vessels that are deleted from the register. The AIZDIHAR is not mentioned as deleted / cancelled in the lists that were received for June, July, August or September. Recently IHS Market informed that the ship is registered in Tanzania with effect from 29 August 2020.
ITF (28 January 2021)
No further update. This case is still ongoing.
Other (27 February 2021)
I, Ajmal Khan, Master of Motor Vessel Aizdihar would like to bring in your kind knowledge that since 19th of Oct. 2020, our vessel is at Bandar Abbas port/anchorage. Due some port dues and expenditures, dispute is going on between Agent & our Owner. Because of this reason, local agent tactfully & by deceiving, took our passports, seamen books & vessel’s certificates. He told that port authority will just check & return back to the vessel. But, he took everything to Tehran office & intimidating for not returning back to the vessel. He is creating hurdles in everything, such as for supplying fresh water, diesel & provision etc.
We are total 19 crew including Master from different nationalities, as per attached crew list. Most of the crew contract is already over(some more than a year), they have serious domestic issues, but because of not having passports & seamen book, unable to sign-off. I request several time for returning back theses documents but failed. Despite my explanation that vessel is here & let due crew to sign off. By cheating, deceiving, he is claiming a huge unnecessary charges from the owner.
I am writing this request on behalf of all crew for help. Pls. Help us to get back our passports & seamen book from Agent, those who are due for sign-off, are in a terrible condition & have serious problem at home. Agent is not considering us as a human being & because of this act, he is trying to black mail the Owner for high refund. Crew has to do nothing with this dispute. Agent wants to create panic on the ship so that crew should get fed up & fight with each other or suicide. Even in this modern era, he considers us slaves & mentally torturing. Pls. Strictly warned him for returning back of these individual Govt. Property, he do not have any right for keeping them & not returning back. Now we are at B. Abbas anchorage & fifth month is going at B. Abbas.
Some of the crew’s close family members died & they can not sign-off. I am holding Sea Ocean Queen Shipping entirely responsible for this barbaric act & also for if some crew sucide.
Govt. of United Arab Emirates (2 March 2021)
From Federal Maritime Authority
Please note the vessel in not abandoned in UAE, but she is abandoned in her current port outside UAE.
Reporting a case of abandonment on a port then sailing and trading to other ports, does not mean the case is attached to the first port or country of reporting.
Checking the vessel movements in the last year, she was not in Sharjah or in the Gulf area in February as its mentioned, she has first entered the gulf area in May, while her movement previously was outside the Gulf area with switched off AIS , she turned her AIS on shortly in April when approaching KFK port in Gulf of Oman.
The vessel stopped at the anchorage in Sharjah in May, and the reporting may be made about their case, but the vessel was trading later in the gulf area before heading to IRAN.
ITF (5 March 2021)
The vessel is currently in the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran. The owners have paid outstanding wages of $USD 197,987 and repatriated 12 crew. The remaining crew report a lack of food, water, provisions and inhumane living conditions. These crew are owed 11 months wages.