Four aframax tankers and 14 crew have been abandoned off Fujairah since June. The seafarers – all Indian – were hired by Mumbai-based manning agency Abhay Shipping, who it turns out does not have the right certificates to hire crew.
The ships are the Beta, City Elite, Al Nouf and Laowadale. All four are operated by UAE-based Venous Ships Mgmt & Ops.
The crew have not been paid since being hired in May and provisions onboard the vessels are understood to be running low.
Splash has been reporting a great deal in recent months about the spike in cases of crew abandonment, which have grown as the shipping depression has worsened.