Seven crew members of the Panama-flagged
general cargo ship Tahsin who were abandoned in June this year and were faced
even with lack of fresh water have been repatriated.
The ship was detained in June by the UK
Maritime and Coast Guard Authority (MCA) on the grounds of multiple issues,
including unpaid wages for three months. The ship had nine crew members on
board, five from Turkey and two from Georgia and India respectively.
Other miserable irregularities,
according to ILO, the vessel did not have fresh water and showering facilities.
The list of breaches goes long and shocking. The master who had been on board
for 13 months and the chief officer who had been on board for 3 months did not
The Indians had paid USD 3,000 to
obtain their positions.
The crew members were being paid wages
below ILO minima- USD 250/month.
Following the intervention from the
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), seven crew
members, 3 Turkish, 2 Georgian and 2 Indian crew members were
repatriated by their company in July, while the Master remained along with the cook
who had only joined the vessel a week earlier.
The ship is owned by Voda Shipping, the
same company that owns Seccadi and Reggae, which have been entangled in
similar cases of crew abandonment in the UK this year.
The crews of both ships are reported to
have been repatriated and paid this July.
consider these UK abandonment cases to be resolved,” ITF’s expert on crew
abandonment Katie Higginbottom said commenting on the cases.
Seven new crew came on board
Tashin between 13-18 June.
Based on MCA’s data on detained ships in
the UK for July, Tashin remains on the list, together with the Seccadi and