Thursday, 14 September 2017

'Detained Indian ship in UK to be sold over unpaid wages'

London: A UK court on Thursday gave the go-ahead to British authorities for selling an Indian ship detained in Scotland last year to recover the unpaid wages of 11-member Indian crew.

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) believes that the crew, still aboard the vessel 'Malaviya Seven', are now owed more than 600,000 pounds (USD 803,760).

It expects that the sale of the ship by an auction will cover the unpaid wages of the 11-member Indian crew.

The crew were eventually paid and the ship was released but it returned to Aberdeen under a different contract two months later and detained on identical charges.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard there has already been interest in the vessel, which will be advertised for sale around the world.

One estimate puts its sale price at 850,000 pounds (USD 1.1 million) and scrap value at 670,000 pounds (USD 896,955), while the union representing the crew believes it may be worth up to 1.1 million pounds (USD 1.47 million).

Aberdeen Harbour hopes to recover some of its costs to pay for the ship's long stay at the port but has said it will not take the funds out of the crew's wages.

The UK is part of a regional agreement known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control under which information on all ships inspected is held centrally in an electronic database.


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