Posted on May 21, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
After almost a year stranded on abandoned tanker, Qaaswa, the crew have finally been repatriated.
According to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the vessel and crew were abandoned in May 2017 by Alco Shipping Services in the SFAX anchorage off Tunisia.
The crew of 18 was made up of two Indian, three Bangladeshi, and 13 Egyptian crew members, as well as the master.
On the 9th March this year, a settlement was made ensuring that 8 of the crew were paid and repatriated from the UAE-flagged tanker. This included seven Egyptians and one Bangladeshi.
However, the second part of the settlement to bring home the remaining seafarers was not implemented by owner.
The ITF was forced to approach the P&I club for the vessel and asked them to pay the wages and repatriate the crew. This was done in line with the abandonment clause on P&I certificate.
Mohamed Arrachedi, ITF Arab World Network Coordinator said:
“These seafarers suffered greatly because the owner simply did not accept their responsibility. This is the third time we have assisted and repatriated crew from this vessel, when will we see an end to ship owners acting in this way?,” Arrachedi said.
“This case put the light again on the recruitment and placement services, and on the impunity that some shipowners operate”.
In all more than USD 100,000 in wages was paid to the crew, according to the ITF.
The remaining seafarers disembarked on the 27th April.