|Comments and Observations:||Non-governmental Organization (20 July 2020)|
The crew are in vulnerable status.
At least 1 Bangladeshi crew has completed 24 months on ship and some others more than 12 months at least.
The owner is not providing any support such as food and medical support to an injured seafarer.
Govt. of Indonesia (28 July 2020)
Related to the current condition, we received information from our colleague from Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok, that the Indonesian seafarers are in good condition, and whole salaries have been paid.
This case is categorized as a Human Trafficking case, so they are currently staying at the shelter temporarily for giving their statement and further information.
We would like to extend our appreciation for Government of Thailand through related authority for their assistance on this case to be resolved.
Govt. of Thailand (1 August 2020)
1. The vessel in question is anchoring in the port of Samutsakorn, Thailand, and still does not have a certain departure schedule.
2. All crews have received their salaries.
3. Some crews refused to return to work onboard the vessel and requested for repatriation. Those crews are under the State quarantine and have been taken care of by relevant authorities and their embassies in Thailand.
4. The Marine Department of Thailand was informed by the company that it is planned to change crews at the next port, Singapore.
5. The vessel was inspected by PSCOs and there were deficiencies found and need to be ratified before departure. This may need the flag State assistance.
Govt. of India (24 August 2020)
The Directorate-General of Shipping of India had taken up the matter with the concerned Recruitment and Placement Agency, which has informed the Directorate that 1 Indian Seafarer is quarantined in port accommodation and the High Commission of India is in regular contact with the seafarer. The repatriation process will be done on the availability of the flight and the 2 months pending salary will also be cleared soon.
Non-governmental Organization (1 September 2020)
The seafarers have signed off in Thailand and have been paid their dues by owner. They are still waiting for repatriation and approval from local Thai authorities. It is still disputed regarding repatriation issues etc.
Non-governmental Organization (23 October 2020)
The crew are awaiting clearance from Thai Maritime authorities to allow them to sign off in port Samut Sakhon and to return home. Owner has refused to pay towards flight cost and same has been raised with flag state. The crew are awaiting to hear from the flag state authorities.
Non-governmental Organization (1 December 2020)
The crew has returned home. Owner has refused to pay towards flight cost and same has been raised with flag state. The crew are awaiting to get their pending salary and repatriation cost.
Govt. of Panama (31 December 2020)
This case was reported by Chirag Bhari, ISWAN. 9 crewmembers that were on board request to be repatriated and also they owed salaries. Last information received, the 9 crew were repatriated but are still pending their owed salaries by the company.
Non-governmental Organization (15 January 2021)
The crew are following with P&I club and flag state on pending dues. All crew have returned home in Dec 2020.
Non-governmental Organization (2 February 2021)
There is ongoing claim for pending wages for all 8 crew (Indian, Bangladeshi, Indonesian) and same has been notified to flag state, P&I club who are in direct communication with the crew members. All crew have been repatriated from Thailand.
Non-governmental Organization (5 March 2021)
All Seafarers have been repatriated but the crew have outstanding claims of wages and other costs. The crew are in touch with P&I club and Flag state on the matter.
Non-governmental Organization (21 December 2021)
All Seafarers have been repatriated but the crew have outstanding claims of wages and other costs. The crew are in touch with P&I club and Flag state on the matter. Based on last email received from seafarer on 13th December 2021, pending wages issue still remains same.
Non-governmental Organization (20 April 2022)
Based on email from seafarer dated 29th March 2022, pending wages issue still remains same.
Non-governmental Organization (4 August 2022)
All crew were paid wages except one Indian seafarer who has outstanding claims of 2085 USD which includes his pending wages of 2 months (March and April 2020) and his repatriation cost which was borne on his own.
Non-governmental Organization (18 October 2022)
Based on e-mail from seafarer dated 6th October 2022, the seafarer has been still awaiting payment of his outstanding wages.