Protect Most Sky Crew says ITF, Nautilus

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Jan 202011

Chief officer Hussam Sahyouni, one of the abandoned seafarers, stands next to the writ for owed wages and repatriation costs

ITF inspector for UK maritime union Nautilus Tommy Molloy is pressing the authorities for action to ensure appropriate care and protection for the mixed nationality seafarers onboard the Panama-registered Most Sky. He claims they have effectively been abandoned by the ship’s Turkish owners.

Molloy intervened last November to recover owed wages and secure repatriation for eight crew members on the ship, following its detention by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the port of Birkenhead in the north west of England.

The 1,972gt vessel was detained as a result of a number of problems such as: the failure to maintain adequately the ship and equipment; unsigned records of rest; no heating; dirty crew showers and toilets and out of date lifejacket lights. Continue reading »

Dec 222010

image Amongst the abuse seafarers have to undergo from incompetent shipowners is, of course, an abominable lack of concern for their safety. As Christmas dawns, give a thought to folk who had to undergo the privations evident in nearly every one of the six vesels detained by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in November.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency, MCA, says that six foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2010 after failing Port State Control, PSC, inspection.

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Most Sky A Turkish Disgrace

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Nov 192010

Most Sky, little warmth

Most Sky, a 1,972 gross tonnes general cargo ship owned by Er-Em Shipping and Trading of Istanbul is not so much a Turkish delight as a Turkish disgrace. So says the Mersey River pilot who conducted her into Birkenhead, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to whom he reported her condition and which has detained her indefinitely, the crew and the International Transport Workers Federation.

The four-year old vessel was previously detained in Setubal, Portugal, for 36 days in 2008.

The pilot expressed concerns not only about the condition of the vessel, but also the fact that nobody on board could communicate in English.

ITF inspector Tommy Molloy is currently representing the interests of the Azerbaijani, Georgian and Turkish crew of the vessel. Molloy had himself been alerted to the condition of the ship through ITF colleagues in Turkey; they also reported that the company had a history of non-payment of wages.

An inspection revealed that there was no fresh fruit, vegetables or bread on board; the shower and toilet facilities were appalling and there was no heating. Crewmembers pooled their limited resources to buy bread from a local shop and put together makeshift heating, for example, by rigging a security light and using an old kebab grill. A maritime solicitor has helped the crew to secure the arrest of the vessel in a bid to win back wages owed to them as well as repatriation costs. There is also a separate claim against the vessel as a result of salt water damage to the steel cargo.

Molloy commented: “The conditions on board this vessel are among the worst we have seen. The crew has to continue living in these appalling conditions while they wait for their wages to be paid and to be repatriated. The vessel is only four years old but it looks about 20. It appears that nothing has been spent on maintenance. It is difficult to guess how long the vessel might remain here, but it won’t leave until all deficiencies have been put right and all claims satisfied.”