|Abandonment ID:|| 00333|
|Ship name:||[Hephaestus- resolved]|
|7-digit IMO no.:||6519326|
|Port of abandonment:||Valetta, Malta|
|Abandonment date:||26 January 2018|
|Notification date:||20 February 2018|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||7|
|Nationalities:||Bangladesh(4); Egypt(1); Russian Federation(2)|
|Circumstances:||Wages not paid since November 2017. Requests for repatriation and final settlement not met, Inadequate provision. Vessel blew aground on 10 Feb. Neither the owner or a representative of the owner has visited. Support provided by ITF, AOS and port authorities. Most certificates expired.|
|Actions taken:||28 February 2018: Flag State informed|
|Repatriation status:||10 February 2018: Other|
On the 10th of February Malta experienced a severe storm and the ship grounded. All crew members abandoned the ship safely and no casualties were recorded. All crew members were treated for shock and were checked by a medical team that attended to the crew at the scene of the grounding. The Authority in collaboration with the ITF representative in Malta to accommodate the crew at the Seafarers Centre.
27 February 2018: Repatriation pending
In line with MLC, 2006 provisions, the P&I Club is complying with its obligations and making arrangements for repatriation of the crew.
13 April 2018: Repatriated
|Payment status:||28 February 2018: Paid|
Wages since November 2017 till 28th February 2018 (capped at 4 months): USD 29, 427 and Euro 9,000
13 April 2018: Paid
Crew have been paid all four months of due wages( till the end of February)
|Comments and Observations:||Other (27 February 2018)|
There is no cooperation from the owner/manager and in fact to date they have not yet come to Malta. The owner/manager has been given a Wreck Removal Notice but to date is not meeting its obligations both in terms of local regulations and the applicable Statutory Instruments.
ITF (13 April 2018)
A successful execution of the financial security (American Club).