|Abandonment ID:|| 00287|
|Ship name:||City Elite[resolved]|
|7-digit IMO no.:||9486908|
|Port of abandonment:||Khor Fakkan OPL, United Arab Emirates|
|Abandonment date:||28 June 2017|
|Notification date:||5 July 2017|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||International Labour Organization|
|No. of Seafarers:||7|
|Circumstances:||No salary for 7 months, safety and fire equipment is non-functional, medicines have expired, no bridge equipment, no captain or chief engineer on board, no air conditioning or fans. Limited electricity and food. Seafarers have been trying to contact the company for early sign off, wages and medical treatment but have received no response. The ship is getting holes every few days in ballast tank and engine room|
|Actions taken:||4 July 2017: Other|
ITF contacted flag state. Seafarers contacted ITF 04 July 2017
|Repatriation status:||16 May 2022: Repatriated|
The Liberian flag Administration informed that the vessel Operator repatriated the crew in October 2017 after a series of meetings and follow-ups.
|Payment status:||16 May 2022: Paid|
The Liberian flag Administration informed that the seafarers were paid in October 2017.
No salary remitted for 7 months
|Comments and Observations:||International Labour Organization|
Liberia is planning to suspend the vessel from the Registry until MLC compliance is restored. Owners have refused to offer help to seafarers. Liberian registry state that repatriation can be offered but not wages.
Govt. of Liberia
Following notification from the ITF that the crew had not been paid, the Liberian Administration contacted the vesselís Operator. The Operator confirmed that they were facing financial constraints and that they were working to resolve the issues.
Liberiaís local UAE representative also met with the vesselís Operator in UAE to ensure that the crew would be paid and repatriated.
Consequently, the vessel was suspended from the Registry on 26 July 2017 until it restored compliance with MLC 2006, reinstated P&I coverage, and completed required audits/surveys. The seafarers were also offered repatriation in September 2017 by the Liberian Administration; however, they chose to stay on board until they were paid.