Christian Roos, a Belgian ITF inspector, has alerted Splash to another case of crew abandonment. Roos used Twitter to highlight the plight of Ukrainian seafarers working onboard the car carrier Sea Patris, one of five car carriers belonging to Greece’s Mediterranean Car Carriers Line (MCCL).
The vessel is carrying Ford cars. It has been detained by Port State Control for non-payment of wages and SOLAS issues, Roos relayed via Twitter, with the crew reportedly having not been paid since October last year. The ship is currently moored at a berth near Bruges.
“This is #SocialDumping #UnfairCompetition,” Roos wrote on his social media account.
MCCL officials have yet to reply questions sent by Splash earlier.
George Kavadas, the CEO of the Piraeus company, writes on the shipping line’s homepage: “MCCL is our family and everybody working for and with us, is becoming a part of the MCCL family. He becomes our family and we really care and respect our family members.”
"Pls pay my salary" are self explanatory words on the message board in the messroom#SeaPatris #MCCL #Ford #ITFseafarers #ITFinspectors #WeAreITF@ITFglobalunion @ITFSeafSupport @MTWTU_ITF @acvtranscom @FocusWTV @vrtradio2 pic.twitter.com/ABykB26LKo
— Christian Roos ⚓ (@roos_christian) January 31, 2018