|Abandonment ID:|| 00343|
|Ship name:||Indian Empress[disputed]|
|Flag:||Isle of Man|
|7-digit IMO no.:||1006245|
|Port of abandonment:||Grand Harbour Marina, Valletta, Malta|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||40|
|Nationalities:||Bulgaria; United Kingdom; Croatia; India; Malta; Netherlands; Portugal; Russian Federation|
|Circumstances:||Crew not paid since September 2017|
|Actions taken:||3 May 2018: Vessel arrested by the Port State|
Triggering of financial security mechanism, arrest of vessel
|Repatriation status:||3 May 2018: Repatriation pending|
Varied. Skeleton crew remains onboard.
|Payment status:||3 May 2018: Other|
Outstanding remuneration status:USD350000
|Comments and Observations:||ITF (2 May 2018)|
Flag state contacted Nautilus in late 2017 and the case is being handled by Nautilus International
ITF (3 May 2018)
SKULD financial security paid out USD600k and Nautilus members have arrested the vessel via the Union for the further USD400k owed to them. The first court date the Maltese lawyer has is on 8 May 2018 and members are being kept up to date via internal Nautilus bulletins.There is apparently a buyer lined up for the vessel who has requested sea trials. Other arresting parties are content with arrangements for sea trials but we are likely to seek further assurances before agreeing to these taking place.
Other (25 May 2018)
From: David Bolomini
Sent: 25 May 2018 17:02
To: Jan de Boer ;
RE: New Abandonment case: Super Yacht Indian Empress
By way of an update on this listed case, the P&I insurance provider, Skuld, has paid outstanding wages which, after applying the MLC four month cap, amounted to USD 851,567.49. The liability for wages claimed under the MLC financial security has therefore been met in full. Skuld worked in cooperation with Nautilus who paid wages accrued in excess of the four month cap. We are not sure about the accuracy of the figure of approx. USD 350,000 outstanding as noted in the report.
Although we note reference to a skeleton crew remaining on board, we understand that all crew on board at the time of abandonment have been repatriated. We are not clear about the status of the skeleton crew, but it is possible that it consists of crew members who were not onboard at the time of the abandonment.
Both Skuld and Nautilus have taken legal action against the vessel to recover their outlays, as have a number of other creditors.
I hope this is helpful information.
David Bolomini | International Group of P&I Clubs | Peek House, 20 Eastcheap | London EC3M 1EB | ¢Ï 0044 (0) 207 929 3544 | www.igpandi.org
International Chamber of Shipping (29 May 2018)
In light of the explanation below (From David Bolomini) I think it would be appropriate to put the IG comments on file and to refer to this case as currently disputed.
ITF (29 May 2018)
From: Katie Higginbottom
Sent: mardi 29 mai 2018 16:57
Subject: RE: New Abandonment case: Super Yacht Indian Empress
Yes I would agree.