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RED DUCHESS [disputed]


Abandonment ID: 00214
Ship name:RED DUCHESS [disputed]
7-digit IMO no.:6919851
Port of abandonment:Bolnes, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Abandonment date:23 October 2014
Notification date:24 October 2014
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:ITF
No. of Seafarers:6
Nationalities:Chile; Panama
Circumstances:Food for 1 day, fresh water and fuel almost finished.
Actions taken:Other
Delivery of the food was arranged via charity organization.
Repatriation status:Repatriation pending
Payment status:Payment Pending
Captain didn't receive wages for 4 months, other crew joined beginning this month, but no cash was paid to them.
Comments and Observations:Govt. of Netherlands (10 November 2014)
The Dutch Gov't verified that the complaints procedure based upon the MLC has not been lodged neither by the seafarers on board nor by another party on behalf of the seafarers

Govt. of Panama (10 November 2014)
Panamian Adminstration reported that currently had been taken, such as;
- the vessel is currently resricted to carry out any legal procedure related to change of owner or cancellation from the Registry,
- Legal Representatives of the vessel have been contacted and requested to assist with the owner's responsibilities,
- contact has been made with ship operators (NMS Ship Management) and a full report of he situation has been requested,
- ship operator has informed the Administration that on 11th November 2014, they will be traveling to Rotterdam to pay the salaries corresponding to the month of October, provide the crew contracts and solve the other problems, including food provisions

ITF (18 November 2014)
ITF reported that;
- The owner made a partial payment to the crew and has since been unreachable.
- The vessel remains under arrest and likely to be auctioned in January.
- However, due to the age and condition of the vessel, it is not expected that there will be sufficient funds to pay the crew.
- ITF has agreed to fund the repatriation of 5 crew members who are without means to pay for themselves.
- ITF inspector has been in contact with the Panamanian consul and representatives of the flag States, but thus far this has not resulted in the solution for crew.

ITF (21 November 2014)
With the help of the ITF, the crews flew back to Panama on 21st November 2014.

Govt. of Panama (25 November 2014)
The Panama Maritime Authority informed that it has authorized the disbursement of the money for the ITF reimbursement for the purchase of tickets for the repatriation of the crew of M/V RED DUCHESS.

ITF (25 November 2016)
The case is closed but the seafarers have not received all outstanding wages.

Govt. of Panama (3 May 2017)
The vessel was cancelled from our registry after five crewmembers were repatriated by the flag state. The crewmember who submitted the complaint to the Panama Maritime Authority confirmed that he had received his salaries payment.

ITF (7 December 2017)
No further update expected.

ITF tried to call the company several times but no answer, e-mail sent to company and flag state, till now no answer.

Entered: Monday - 19 December 2016 at 16:39:06
Last updated: Monday - 11 December 2017 at 15:06:09
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