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8 Aug 2017

Human Rights at Sea

Report: UAE-based ALCO denies sailors’ wages for 25 months, confiscates their passports leaving them stranded offshore

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“Breach of Indian Seafarers Human Rights & their Abandonment”, 2 July 2017

The [nine-member] crew of the MT Ocean Pride are currently stranded on an increasingly dangerous vessel, anchored off the coast of UAE. The MT Ocean Pride is an oil/chemical tanker owned by Alco Shipping Services…Throughout their ordeal, the crew have been denied access to proper and timely medical treatment. They have not been provided with suitable facilities, food, water…and their health and wellbeing has been severely damaged as a result…Despite repeated requests for help, the crew’s correspondence has been ignored, and their salaries not paid for 25 months…[Their] passports were [confiscated] from their sign-on date, and have not been returned despite repeated requests…There is insufficient Personal Protective Equipment on board…[and] fire extinguishers…have expired. In addition, the life boats are rusted and not safe to use, and…seawater is allegedly leaking into the engine room…

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