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.