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Desperate letter from abandoned crew in China calls for urgent help

The charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has published a copy of a desperate letter for help from the remaining Indian seafarers of the Hong Kong-flagged Liberty Prrudencia abandoned in China by the owner Paramount Liberty Shipping (HK), which has been sent to the charity as well as a number of other welfare organisations, including the ITF.

The charity calls for immediate repatriation and settling of all outstanding wages to the remaining 13 Indian crew members noting that the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 was amended in 2014 to implement requirements for financial security  – in force since January 18 this year – to cater for support to abandoned seafarers and safeguarding up to four months’ owed contractual wages and entitlements.

The crew have been suffering poor conditions and there has also been reports of assault by the master. Splash carried excerpts of an 18-page HRAS report on conditions onboard the freezing ship last month.

To access the full letter, click here.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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