|Abandonment ID:|| 00464|
|Ship name:||Bakhtiyar Vahabzade|
|7-digit IMO no.:||9575345|
|Port of abandonment:||Istanbul anchorage, Turkey|
|Abandonment date:||29 September 2020|
|Notification date:||19 October 2020|
|Reporting Member Govt. or Org.:||ITF|
|No. of Seafarers:||12|
|Nationalities:||Azerbaijan(9); Russian Federation(3)|
|Circumstances:||P&I: Soglasie Insurance Co.Ltd, Russia (26/06/2020 - 23/06/2021)|
The vessel has been at anchorage since 23/06/2020.
The ship is in blackput due to lack of fuel on board; also ran out of fresh water.
|Actions taken:||23 September 2020: Flag State informed|
Coordinating/Negociatin with the vessel owner/manager and Flag State.
|Repatriation status:||Repatriation pending|
12 crew members remain on board and require repatriation.
|Payment status:||Payment Pending|
USD 249,728 to the end of September 2020 (unpaid for 9-11 months)
|Comments and Observations:||ITF (19 October 2020)|
The vessel is part of the PALMALI Shipping & Agency, which has a number of abandoned vessels around the world.
Govt. of Malta (28 October 2020)
The Directorate has been closely monitoring the situation on board Palmali vessels since we became aware of the state of affairs of the company. Following the various problems faced by the seafarers on board the three vessels, the Directorate made various attempts to resolve their unfortunate situation by making representations with owners without success. The Directorate also corresponded with three different P&I Clubs which were the insurance providers of the vessels at some point in time. Unfortunately, this did not yield a satisfactory outcome. On 2 July 2020, the DOC together with all associated SMCs were withdrawn.
The Directorate has recently been informed that alternative arrangements are being made in respect of the vessels LERIK (IMO NO: 9575319), the SHOVKET ALEKPEROVA (IMO NO: 9633549) and the BAKHTIYAR VAHABZADE (IMO NO: 9575345). Following this request, the Directorate has requested the submission of further documentation together with assurance that the crew on board the three vessels are paid their salary in full and are repatriated back home before any further action is taken.
During the entire period the Directorate has and still is collaborating closely with the ITF who are providing logistical support in order to resolve this impasse at the earliest. The Directorate also provided financial support to the seafarers in the sum of €10k to a fund catering for the needs of the seafarers.