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Kenan Mete

IMO8701935


Abandonment ID: 00472
Nom du navire:Kenan Mete
Pavillon:Panama
No. OMI (7 chiffres):8701935
Port d'abandon:Adabiya, Egypt
Date d'abandon:août 2019
Date de notification:20 octobre 2020
Gouvernement ou entité rapportante:Fed. int. des ouvriers du transport (ITF)
Nombre de marins:25
Nationalités:Géorgie(1); Inde(11); Russie, Fédération de(1); République arabe syrienne(1); Turquie(6); Ukraine(5)
Circonstances:P&I: Hanseatic Underwriters

There are repeated problems with the supply of provisions.
There have also been problems with local authorities refusing access of the legal representation to the vessel, and so preventing the crew from exercising their rights.
P&I agreed to pay 4 months wages and the crew agreed to leave with this. ITF is supporting legal action to recover the remaining wages.
Actions entreprises:Autres
ITF is supporting legal action to recover the balances owed.
ITF has attempted to engage with owners/operators/manager.
Port state has been informed.

L'Etat du Pavillon à été informé
Flag state is aware but has taken no action.
Situation concernant le rapatriement:En attente de rapatriement
Paiement des salaires:En attente de paiement
After P&I payment, crew will be owed between 2 and 11 months salry.
Commentaires et observations:Gouv. de Panama (10 novembre 2020)
This administration (Panama Maritime Authority) has been informed of the vessel is moored at Al Adabiyah Port, Egypt since July 2020 due to a legal dispute between the shipowner Blodwen Marina S.A and the crewmembers. The vessel was abandoned by the shipowner.

According to the information, the crew still on board waiting for payment of their salaries, due to the shipowner/Operator never replies to the emails and phone calls. Based on that information, this administration does not have an objection to reducing the crew to the mimimum, during the legal process. The minimum crew will be the following: one Master; one Engineer/Officer; one AB; One oiler.

Gouv. de Turquie (27 novembre 2020)
We have been in contact with the master of M/V KENAN METE and with Turkish Embassy in Cairo since September about the problems faced by the ship and her crew. I will try to summarise the situation according to the information we have received;
- owner of the vessel had financial problems and they could not pay salaries of the crew and port charges,
- due to the technical and financial issues, the ship was detained in Adabiya port of Egypt,
- process for the sale of the ship was initiated by Egyptian authorities for the depths, and for the payment of the salaries,
- although, initially planned date for the sale was 7th of October, the sale has not been completed,
- flag State of the vessel (Panama) has issued a new minimum safe manning document (also attached) that requires four seafarers to remain on board and allows the remaining to leave the ship,
- Turkish Embassy, ITF and P&I is ready for helping those seafarers for their repatriation,
- repatriation of those crew, who are not listed in minimum safe manning document, has not been approved by Egyptian authorities yet,
- crew has limited for shore access for months,
- due to the difficulties faced by the crew, many of them are showing signs of serious psychological problems,
- Turkish side has sent six written statements to the Egyptian Authorities about 6 Turkish seafarers, however, we have not received any response.

Fed. int. des ouvriers du transport (ITF) (4 décembre 2020)
From ITF Arab World and Iran Network Coordinator
I would just like to mention & clarify that the actual number of the crew on board is actually of 16 seafarers. The total number of arrival was 25, then on 26 of august one seafarer was repatriatd, and then another 08 were repatriated on the 7th of october 2020.

Gouv. de Egypte (8 décembre 2020)
From Ministry of Transport
On basis of the attached ship’s flag state exception, the Egyptian authority for maritime safety (EAMS) is discussing the case with both the ship’s flag state and Adabiya port for sufficiency of crewmember who will be onboard for the vessel safety during the vessel stay at the port.
We will keep you updated with any development once available.

OIT/OMI (8 décembre 2020)
In this regard the SCAT would like to emphasize that the port State does have an obligation to ensure that seafarers are able to exercise their right to repatriation. MLC, 2006 Standard A2.5.1 paras 7 and 8 state:
“7.Each Member shall facilitate the repatriation of seafarers serving on ships which call at its ports or pass through its territorial or internal waters, as well as their replacement on board.
8. In particular, a Member shall not refuse the right of repatriation to any seafarer because of the financial circumstances of a shipowner or because of the shipowner’s inability or unwillingness to replace the seafarer.”
This makes it quite clear that the port authorities cannot deny repatriation to the crew in the current circumstances.
If the port State considers that the vessel will be unsafe if it is left unmanned, then they may wish to take steps to ensure that the safety of the vessel is guaranteed. In other abandonment cases, port authorities have arranged local replacement crews (or at least assisted with such) to provide watch duties etc. to allow the abandoned crew to return home. If the flag State has guidance on cold lay-up and any reduction in the safe manning levels due to lay-up, that can also be helpful as it may reduce the number of replacements required.

Gouv. de Egypte (14 décembre 2020)
From President of Maritime Transport sector
1. Discharging operation of cargo remaining on board will commence on 08.12.2020 and will take 3-4 days.
2. The 12 crewmember will return to their country after completion of cargo operation.
3. After the personnel leave the ship, 6 Egyptian sailors will come on board. These sailors will go to the island anchorage area.

Fed. int. des ouvriers du transport (ITF) (14 décembre 2020)
From ITF Arab World and Iran Network Coordinator
Actually the process was going to start last week with the repatriaiton of a first group of 04 with all their tickets ready etc(to be followed with another group of 08), and unfortunately was interrupted as one of the seafarers PCR test was positive. The ship now is under Quarantine as per Covid protocol of the local port authorities, and all will be proceeded as soon as the Quarantine period is over(10-14 days).

Gouv. de Inde (18 décembre 2020)
From Deputy Director General of Shipping
I am directed to refer to your mail dated 28.10.2020 informing that the vessel KENAN METE (lMO No. 8701935, Panama Flag) is reported to have been abandoned at Adabiya, Egypt since August 2019 having on board 25 Seafarers (11 from India; 06 from Turkey; 05 from Ukraine; 0l from Georgia; 0l from Syria and 0l from Russian Federation)
2. The matter was immediately taken up with the concerned Indian Recruitment and Placement of Seafarer (RPS) Service agencies. Initially, as per the e-governance system of this Directorate the vessel had l7 Indian crew members on board. But now the vessel have only 04 Indian Crew on board.
3. It has been intimated by the RPSL agents that the P&l have paid salaries to the crew for the last 4 months. They have further intimated that the P&l Club authorities are taking care of the Food and Provisions for the crew on board. Some of the crew members have reported that the vessel is under administrative detention of the General Authority Administration for the Suez Canal Economic Zone for payment of outstanding dues to the authority estimated to 125,859.63 Dollars.
4. However, it is requested that the factual position in the matter may please be confirmed from the source of the complaint and communicated to this office for taking further necessary action in this regard.

Gouv. de Panama (23 décembre 2020)
From Maritime Labour Affairs Department
We kindly inform you that according to the P&I company which has been in contact with us often, we know that on board remains 12 crewmembers that were scheduled to be repatriated 2 weeks ago, from 25 that interposed the complaint since the beginning.
Last week the Master Vehbi Kara, sent us an email, mentioning that the arrangement of the Plan of Repatriation of the crew got delayed due to the spread of COVID-19 on board M/V Kenan Mete.
It seems that a doctor who practiced the COVID-19 test on the crew before disembarking, reported that only one crew member tested positive and the rest of the seafarers had to remain in quarantine for around 14 days.
Yesterday we wrote to the P&I again and this was the information they replied to us…
This is the following statement from the P&I…
“We are aware that the situation is not good on board. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to get the crew home but we can not do any more than we are currently doing.”
With the aforementioned statement by the company, we are aware that they have been giving support to the crew during all this time, since the owners have abandoned the ship.
Maritime Labour Affairs department kindly request the P&I to arrange the repatriation of the remaining crew once their quarantine days are over and keep us updated with all concerning the crew.

Autre (30 décembre 2020)
From Master
I have been in Egypt's Adabia Port for 190 days. The treatment of me and the seafarers here is against human rights. The return of 13 people on the ship is prevented by the Egyptian authorities.

OIT/OMI (5 janvier 2021)
The SCAT duly notes that the Egyptian authorities are currently proceeding with eight crew members to be repatriated. However, there will also be five crew members still remaining on board the vessel.
This last information corresponds with a message, containing three attachments, as here below that the SCAT received on 1 January from Mr. Sougata Kumar Pal from India serving already more than 12 months on board the ‘KENAN METE’ (IMO 8701935), flag: Panama, and who already previously on 25 November 2020 urgently requested the SCAT to be repatriated on compassionate grounds.
The SCAT duly notes the information that Mr. Sougata Kumar Pal provided that the Egyptian agent and Authority is not allowing the remaining seafarers on board to go back home even if they are telling that they are forcing him and the other 3 crews including the master to stay on board.
Therefore, the SCAT reiterates its message of last Thursday 31 December 2020 that the port State does have an obligation to ensure that seafarers are able to exercise their right to repatriation. MLC, 2006 Standard A2.5.1 paras 7 and 8 state:
“7. Each Member shall facilitate the repatriation of seafarers serving on ships which call at its ports or pass through its territorial or internal waters, as well as their replacement on board.
8. In particular, a Member shall not refuse the right of repatriation to any seafarer because of the financial circumstances of a shipowner or because of the shipowner’s inability or unwillingness to replace the seafarer.”
In this context the SCAT recalls that Rear-Admiral Reda Ahmed Ismail had stated in a letter dated 12 December 2020 (herewith attached) that after the repatriation of all remaining crew of the ‘KENAN METE’, 6 Egyptian seafarers would come on board to go to the island anchorage area.
The SCAT would also most urgently draw the intention again to the recent request of the master of the ‘KENAN METE’ to assist him and the 4 seafarers who are still remaining on board the ship with their imminent repatriation.

OIT/OMI (13 janvier 2021)
The SCAT duly notes the information provided that there are four crew members still remaining on board the vessel, that there is still no information from either the agent nor the port or any other authority regarding their repatriation, and that these 4 crew are all left alone in this vessel.
The SCAT recalls that Rear-Admiral Reda Ahmed Ismail had stated in a letter dated 12 December 2020 (herewith attached) that after the repatriation of all remaining crew of the ‘KENAN METE’, 6 Egyptian seafarers would come on board to go to the island anchorage area.

 
Saisie: jeudi - 5 novembre 2020 a 07:49:21
Dernière mise à jour: jeudi - 14 janvier 2021 a 16:32:25
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