Crew stranded on two UAE-controlled product tankers in India are close to finally getting home after a traumatic year. A court in Gujarat yesterday ruled that the Dubai owner of the Nautical Global VII and Nautical Global XVI must sign off the 16 crew stranded at Deendayal Port, formerly known as Kandla, since February last year.
The order came after a detailed inspection report of an officer of Deendayal Port Trust (DPT) submitted to the court on February 8 stating that the seafarers were living in inhuman conditions. The seafarers had filed a petition in the high court describing their living conditions, lack of medical arrangements and non-payment of salaries.
Despite a high profile campaign last year involving key stakeholders across maritime designed to stamp out crew abandonment, cases continue to proliferate in 2018. A full list of abandoned ships can be accessed by clicking here.