Call for help for abandoned crewmembers

Call for help for abandoned crewmembers
Natig Alieyev before the name change from Ginaldag i 2017

28-02-2018 11:00:00

The 19 crew members on the Natig Aliyev tanker, who has been anchored in Ålbæk Bay the last 20 days, has over one quarter million USD in unpaid wages. Due to lack of fuel and supplies, the crew is left on a Turkish/Russian owned tanker on the coast of Skagen.

"We need help to get our wages and tickets to travel home. Numerous crew members have already finished their contracts" The statement from the crew members says. The crew consists of Russians and Ukrainians.

According to the crew's own inventory, the shipping company, which has not paid their wages for four months, owes more than 250,000 USD in salaries. According to the crewmembers, the tanker arrived in Ålbæk Bay 21 days ago, and remains anchored in the bay. Since then, Danish authorities have been on board to make arrests because of unpaid bills.

"Fortunately, due to the latest upgrade in the Maritime Labor Convention, the crew has secured what they are owed through an insurance that the ship-owner has to abide" says ITF inspector Morten Bach.

Due to weather conditions and heavy winds in the area of Ålbæk Bay, Morten Bach has not yet been on board the tanker but is communicating with the crew through e-mail. Various initiatives have now been taken to ensure that the crew at least ensures the crew is fed and kept warm until they can return to their homes.

The Danish Maritime Authority have taken the case after reporting from the ITF. The tanker, which is owned by Turkish Palmali, has business ties with Russia. This is the second time in four months that ITF here in Denmark has stepped in to secure salaries for seafarers in the Palmali shipping company.

In October the product tanker Masalli was in Århus, where it barely avoided being held back by authorities. During this situation, ITF inspector Morten Bach was onboard to make sure the crewmembers were given the 134.000 USD they were owed.

Source: CO- Søfart / Maritime Denmark

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