GOL Offshore staff owed 11 months back pay

Bust GOL Offshore owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries to staff both ashore and at sea.

With the crew of the Malaviya Seven OSV finally heading home after more than a year stranded in a Scottish harbour, reports are emerging from Mumbai where the staff working at the headquarters of the OSV company are owed nearly a year’s worth of back-pay.

The status of GOL Offshore, which was a splinter company from famous Indian owner Great Eastern before being taken over by Bharati Shipyard, remains unclear with many reports claiming it has gone into liquidation, but there is no available court evidence to back this up.

Around 100 staff, including senior management, at GOL Offshore’s headquarters are owed salaries dating back to November last year it has emerged.

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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