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18 Jul 2017

Human Rights at Sea

Report: Sailors stranded in the UAE, denied wages amid deteriorating health conditions

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“Human Impact of Denial of Crew Wages to Seafarers”, 9 June 2017

Human Rights at Sea supported by the NGO Justice Upheld…published a detailed investigative report and case study into the matter of Indian and Sri Lankan crew of the MV Sharjah Moon IMO 7516503 [owned by ALCO Shipping Services], some of whom have been denied payment of owed wages…in excess of 16 months and…remain in the UAE unable to return home to their families…The fact that at least two crew [members] have written suicide notes speaks volumes as to the mental state of the crew who have been isolated by the owners and made to suffer unnecessarily…The company has not provided fresh food and water for over a month despite repeated requests. The crew have also run out of fuel for cooking and heating, further aggravating the health conditions onboard.

[The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited ALCO Shipping Services to respond, but has yet to receive a response]