|Abandonment ID:|| 00448|
|7-digit IMO no.:||8505678|
|Port of abandonment:||Hidd, Bahrain|
|Abandonment date:||21 June 2020|
|Notification date:||20 July 2020|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||18|
|Nationalities:||Philippines(16); Russian Federation(2)|
Previous cover expired in March 2020. Owner has failed to provide details of new cover.
Crew not paid for 4 months.
|Actions taken:||21 June 2020: Flag State informed|
|Repatriation status:||Repatriation pending|
All crew remain on board.
|Payment status:||Payment Pending|
Company is seeking finance to pay wages.
|Comments and Observations:||Govt. of Bahrain (28 July 2020)|
We are in discussions daily with the vessel owner, crew members, concerned embassies/agencies. The owner is in contact with the P&I insurers and is attempting to claim some funding in order to cover the unpaid crew salaries but there has been issues with regards to the MLC (Bahrain did not sign the MLC 2006)
The owner’s company has halted operations for the past 3 months in order to ensure enough funding to keep the vessel and crew supplied with essentials as the owner is going through financial difficulties since the projects he was involved in have all been delayed along with majority of the owner’s payments due to COVID-19.
It is our priority to ensure the safety of the crew members at this time, and we are working with all concerned parties to expedite the repatriation of the crew at the earliest. As of now, the crew members have all been booked flights between the 5th-9th August. The owner is seeking alternate means for payment of crew salaries, but this will take time.