Posted on July 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Cook Islands-flagged General Cargo Vessel, Alexander Tvardovskiy has been detained in a Scottish port for over a month and are having to rely on charitable food donations for sustenance.
The crew of the cargo vessel have been stuck on the ship ever since June the 25th, when the vessel originally arrived at the port of Leith in Edinburgh, UK.
An inspection by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on arrival, revealed a number of deficiencies on the vessel and has blocked the ship from leaving until they are resolved.
Chief among them are discrepancies concerning International Safety Management (ISM) and International Ship Security Certificates (ISC), as well as a considerable delay in procuring wage payments from the crew.
Supplies on the vessel have been dwindling, forcing the Captain of the cargo ship, Gennadi Kukvinov to make an urgent request for food.
Thankfully, the local chaplain for Sailors’ Society, Pauline Robertson has been supporting the unfortunate crewmembers. She has provided internet access to the seafarers, supplying them with a MiFi device so that they can contact their families.
“This situation is not uncommon sadly. We work all over the world supporting seafarers and their families with everything from abandonment to education. The issues seafarers can face have not changed that much in the 200 years that Sailors’ Society has been around. We have been a listening ear all that time and will continue to care for this invisible workforce that we all depend on for almost everything we use every day,” said Mrs. Robertson.
MCA has gone on record to say that the detention will remain in place until the crew’s wages have been paid, and all other issues with the vessel are corrected.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic