Greek car carrier operator accused of failing to pay crew

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.”


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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