Indian OSV detained in Aberdeen likely to be sold to recover crew wages

A Scottish court has ruled that the 12 stranded Indian crew on the Malaviya Seven OSV in Aberdeen will likely be able to sell the vessel in order to recover their unpaid wages. A broker is being appointed to value the ship with a view to a sale then taking place.

The supply vessel has been detained since June last year. The crew’s unpaid wage bill now stands at more than $800,000.

The ship’s owner GOL Offshore from Mumbai is in liquidation.

Ken Fleming from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), told BBC Scotland yesterday: “GOL Offshore have appeared and disappeared, appeared and disappeared, and are playing with the legal system. “The horrific circumstances that it is inflicting on the crew has become unacceptable.”

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.


  1. GOL offshore is almost finish, and salary on hold since june is pretty long time.
    The PSV should have been sold quite earlier considering the wages and family of seafarers to feed..

    If this will be the condition where seafarers need to wait for One year then what might be the condition in Asia and other gulf regions…

  2. Lets then just hope they can find a buyer… In this market that might not be too easy. Especially not for an older generation PSV which has been without work for quite some time and where I would expect a minimum of maintenance has been carried out.

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