Greek owner pays $166,000 in crew pay arrears to get car carrier into gear

Another crew neglect case has been resolved. Splash reported at the start of the month on 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 ship had been detained by Port State Control in Belgium for non-payment of wages and SOLAS issues, with the crew reportedly having not been paid since October last year.

Over the weekend however the ship sailed, with the owner paying $166,000 in late wage payments to the vessel’s 23 crew.

“Failure to pay salaries on time is a serious violation of national and international laws and is a form of social dumping and unfair competition,” commented ITF inspector Christian Roos, who claimed MCCL had a history of crew neglect.

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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