Seamen's House

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Asian shipowners blast Prestige court verdict

The Asian Shipowners Forum (ASF) has hit out at a recent court decision in Spain over the Prestige tanker incident.

The ASF’s ship insurance and liability committee expressed its deep concern over the recent decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to reverse the findings of the lower court and find that Captain Mangouras, the master of the ill-fated Prestige, acted “recklessly” and was therefore guilty of gross negligence.

In what ASF described as a “widely condemned and worrying decision”, the Spanish Supreme Court found Captain Mangouras guilty of gross negligence for decisions taken during the voyage and his actions as the accident unfolded.

“The judgment contains many elements that, in any mariner’s opinion, would be seen as being incredible and unrealistic,” ASF said.

The actions of Captain Mangouras were described as “exemplary” by the vessel’s flag state, as with incredible bravery in very difficult conditions he did all he could to protect his crew, the ship and the environment.

“It is a pity,” said Robert Ho the chairman of the committee, “that the Spanish Supreme Court has decided to depart from normal and accepted legal process by overturning findings of fact made by a lower court, and substituting findings that cannot, in any event, be seen as credible and plausible. This is a worrying sign that some states, even in apparently well developed countries and by utlising the highest legal level, would appear willing to manipulate the legal process to meet their short term and political needs.”

The committee commented that it is the coincidence of many factors that result in an accident or incident, and to heap full blame on an octogenarian ship’s master some 14 years after the event cannot be correct.

ASF’s stance on the court’s decision has also been echoed in recent weeks by other bodies including InterManger and Intertanko.

Bron: Splash 247

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Jan van der Doe
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Bericht door Jan van der Doe » vr 08 apr 2016, 13:59

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Bericht door Huug » do 11 aug 2016, 20:51

Charterers should “think twice” about taking ships from owners who have a history of crew neglect, a leading UK shipping charity has told Splash today.

The Mission to Seafarers is challenging charterers to avoid using companies that have mistreated crew in the past, while asking port authorities to ensure that vessels have the necessary financial securities in place before allowing them into port.

With freight rates still dire for most sectors, Splash is hearing of more and more ships being abandoned by owners and crews left to fend for themselves in often appalling conditions.

In the past 24 hours, for instance, Splash has learnt of four ships around the world where crews have been ditched by their employers.

Reverend Ken Peters from the Mission to Seafarers blasted the rise in the incidents of abandonment as “an indictment on those substandard operators who bring the rest of the shipping industry into disrepute”.

“The human tragedy caused is desperate,” Peters told Splash, adding: “The lack of food, water and fuel makes a ‘dead ship’ a health hazard and unfit for human habitation yet seafarers are caught as the victims, often of financial mismanagement and not of their own making.”

The first of four crew abandonment tales Splash has come across in the past 24 hours concerns the reefer 38-year-old Sunny Maria reefer which arrived in Latakia in Syria seven months ago from Novorossiysk in Russia. Its owners, listed on Equasis as Libra Overseas in Belize, abandoned the crew, having also failed to pay them for many months. Half the crew remain at the anchorage in the war torn country. Vessel tracking service FleetMon speculates the ship was actually owned by the Syrian military.

Elsewhere, at Thailand’s main port of Laem Chabang 16 Filipino crew are making their protests of unfair treatment public and are urging help from the new president of the Philippines. The 20-year-old Panormitis. Av bulk carrier, owned by Greece’s Unibulk Shipping looks like it has been abandoned too, having entered Thai waters on July 21. The 16 crew are owed back wages and food has nearly run out on the ship. Images have emerged of the crew with a banner (pictured) asking the new Philippine president to help get them home. A message posted on social media by the crew also warned that some of the crew were in need of urgent medical attention.

Meanwhile, the last seven crew of the Chem Daisy, detained in the Azores in May, have finally been repatriated this week. The ship failed a PSC inspection at which point it was abandoned by its Turkish owners, Deniz Endustrisi. Crew wages amounting to tens of thousands of dollars are still owed. The six-year-old ship is now unmanned and Portuguese authorities will likely auction it next month.

Finally, in the US, the fate of the crew of the NewLead Castellano will be resolved shortly. The bulker has featured regularly on Splash this year after it was arrested in US waters this April.

Greece’s NewLead Holdings finds itself wrapped up in a number of court cases. The Castellano was nabbed over a loan default while making a sugar delivery in the US.

It emerged the ship’s crew had not been paid for a number of months. The largely Filipino crew has been forced to stay onboard since April, but creditors have ensured food and water is ferried to the ship and a priest has come to the ship three times to perform Mass. Following the ship’s auction yesterday to Singapore’s MT Maritime Management for $7.4m the crew are expected to be repatriated.

Sandra Welch, deputy chief executive UK-based charity Sailors’ Society, commented on the news, telling Splash today: “World markets always affect the economy which has a knock on affect on industry. Unfortunately, seafarers can suffer as a result of this.”

The number of crews being abandoned around the world is sadly set to increase as shipowners’ precarious balance sheets become ever more problematic, with rates for dry bulk, offshore and containers likely to remain depressed for at least the next two years.

Peters from the Mission to Seafarers warned that as well as the impact on the seafarers’ physical health and wellbeing there is the mental anguish that has to be dealt with.

“The failure to pay wages has a serious impact on families who are often evicted from their rented homes, have mortgages foreclosed, and unable to pay for education have their children send home from school,” he said, adding: “Seafarers are the easy target for reducing costs but inflicting such punitive measures on the innocent and ignoring their plight is unconscionable. Such behaviour is unacceptable and the shipping industry ought to speak out about those who, in attempts to maintain their other trades, sacrifice individual ships to uphold their business.”

source : Splash
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