|Abandonment ID:|| 00260|
|Ship name:||[Sara Express - resolved]|
|7-digit IMO no.:||8912118|
|Port of abandonment:||Haiti-miragoane|
|Abandonment date:||6 January 2017|
|Notification date:||6 January 2017|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||7|
|Nationalities:||Ecuador(5); Panama(1); Peru(1)|
|Circumstances:||Crew appear to be stranded in Haiti, non payment of wages, food and water not being supplied by the owner.|
Attempts to locate owner, liaison with flag State.
|Repatriation status:||Repatriation pending|
|Comments and Observations:||Govt. of Panama (3 May 2017)|
The vessel Marlene Express (ex Sara Express) has proven that was not abandoned and currently operating in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The crewmembers informed to the Panama Maritime Authority that the shipowner had paid the owed wages, reason why they agreed to continue working on board. The flag inspectors maintain direct communication with the crewmembers in case they require their intervention.
ITF (23 May 2017)
Flag state advises that crew have been paid by the owner and have agreed to stay on working