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Dire conditions reported onboard stranded Greek bulker off India

Local seafaring unions in India are asking for help to assist the crew on the handy bulk carrier Antaeus, which was abandoned by its Greek owners, Pyrsos Shipping, off Visakhapatnam on May 22. Since then the food and drinking water ran out 12 days ago, and fuel onboard is close to running out. Locals are trying to help by sending supplies to the crew.

The seafarers, believed to be Greek, claim they are owned two months back pay and are demanding assistance to be repatriated.

Another ship, Apellis, belonging to the troubled Greek owner has just been detained in China over unpaid fees to a local ship repair yard.

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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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