|Abandonment ID:|| 00466|
|Ship name:||Shovket Alekperova[resolved]|
|7-digit IMO no.:||9633549|
|Port of abandonment:||Istanbul anchorage, Turkey|
|Abandonment date:||19 July 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: Absolute Insurance Ltd, Russia (18/07/2020 - 17/07/2021)|
The vessel has been at anchorage since 25/05/2020 and has been arrested.
Prohibition to sail was issued by the flag state administration for various MLC violations.
|Actions taken:||19 July 2020: Flag State informed|
Coordinating/Negociating with the vessel owner/manager and flag state.
|Repatriation status:||Repatriation pending|
12 seafarers remain on board.
|Payment status:||Payment Pending|
USD 222,340 (unpaid for 7-12 months)
|Comments and Observations:||ITF (19 October 2020)|
This 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 On 2 July 2020, the DOC together with all associated SMCs were withdrawn.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.
ITF (21 January 2021)
7 crew remain on board and their owed wages are $135,367. Some crew left with 4 months wages paid by P&I (Alfa Straghvonie) and we understand that the P&I lawyer filed a case in court for the remaining salaries, while other crew left for personal reasons with no money at all.
ITF (10 August 2021)
Vessel sailing under a new name Zumrut Ana and now flying Liberian Flag.
All crew is new and the previous crew reportedly have received all their wages. Those who took to court; even through an action by the P&I, have their wages deposited in court. Resolved.