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24 Okt 2016

Ankita Chaturvedi, Khaleej Times (UAE)

Workers stranded out at sea without pay, food or drinking water

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"Six Asian sailors stuck on ship near Ajman port", 13 Oct 2016.

Six sailors are struggling without food, fresh drinking water and other basic necessities on a ship named Faryal anchored near Ajman Port. The five Indians and a Bangladeshi are stuck almost 10 nautical miles (18-20km) away from the port. The ship is owned by a Sharjah-based company, Kinetic Energy Lubricants...According to Reverend Nelson Fernandez, a Mission to Seafarers representative who oversees RAK and the Northern Emirates operations, there is another vessel (SL Star) almost 8 nautical miles (12-13 km) away from Ajman, carrying 16 people comprising Indians, Burmese and Pakistanis, in a similar situation. He said: "The contract of this ship expired nine months ago and these seafarers have not been paid since then. Somehow, they are surviving on the ship. It looks like the ship has been abandoned by the owner."