The Indian consulate in Dubai has issued an advisory in the wake of being inundated with many shocking cases of crew abandonment in and around UAE waters.
For the first time, the mission has named and shamed repeat offenders so that seafarers can see the most unscrupulous shipowners. Shipping companies listed include Alco Shipping and Venus Ship Management.
The consulate on its website — www.cgidubai.org — has also advised the sailors to apply due diligence before accepting an employment offer to work on these ships and not to get recruited through unscrupulous agents.
Splash has reported on many seafarers being stranded off the UAE in the past two years.