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Shang Yuan Bao

IMO8126070


Abandonment ID: 00386
Ship name:Shang Yuan Bao
7-digit IMO no.:8126070
Port of abandonment:Luoyuan, China
Abandonment date:21 February 2019
Notification date:4 March 2019
Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:ITF
No. of Seafarers:12
Nationalities:Myanmar(12)
Circumstances:This abandonment presents particularly difficult problems as the vessel was deflagged on 1 September 2018 for engaging in ship to ship transfer with a DPRK registered vessel, thus violating a UN sanction. The ship engaged in a ship-to-ship transfer, likely of oil, with UN-designated DPRK vessel M/V PAEK MA on May 18, 2018. The ship was de-flagged in Sept 2018.

The crew have not been paid since September 2018 and it is not currently clear whether any P&I cover exists and whether the former flag (Panama) will take any responsibility. The owner is unresponsive.
Actions taken:25 April 2019: Other
The ITF and the ICS have formally requested the ILO and the IMO to intervene. The IMO and ILO are requested to use any diplomatic channels available to resolve the situation in the interests of the crew.
Repatriation status:5 June 2019: Repatriation pending
Chinese MSA has visited the vessel again today.

The crew was informed that, if they want to go home, they will have to pay for repatriation themselves.

To date the crew have resisted requests to leave Chinese waters on the basis that the vessel is not capable of a long sea voyage. There are problems with the engines and navigation equipment. They were also told today that they will need to fix the equipment and leave Chinese waters immediately.

The crew are now worried that they will be arrested by Chinese authorities.

The crew now face the prospect of arrest for a problem that is not their fault, or a sea journey on a vessel that is not safe.

I would ask that both IMO and ILO again contact Chinese authorities to advise them of safety concerns on the vessel and of their obligations under MLC to provide repatriation for the crew.
-ITF

18 July 2019: Repatriated
The manning agent in Myanmar has paid for the repatriation and the MSA made the arrangements and seized the vessel.
Payment status:18 July 2019: Payment Pending
The crew have not been paid any outstanding wages
Comments and Observations:ITF (4 March 2019)
At least one member of the crew is ill and requires hospital attention. There is no response from the owner on this issue despite several attempts to contact them.

ITF (25 April 2019)
The ITF and the ICS have formally requested the ILO and the IMO to intervene. The IMO and ILO are requested to use any diplomatic channels available to resolve the situation in the interests of the crew.

 
Entered: Monday - 18 March 2019 at 17:19:02
Last updated: Thursday - 18 July 2019 at 15:31:14
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