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Liberty Prrudencia crew repatriated after being stranded off Zhoushan for eight months

All 16 of the former crew of the Liberty Prrudencia were repatriated home yesterday to their families, and that their wages have been finally paid after the charities Human Rights at Sea, ISWAN and other organisations, including the ITF and the local Indian consulate were first alerted to their plight in February of this year.

The Indian men working onboard the handy bulker were left stranded off Zhoushan, China since November last year. The ship is owned by Kolkata-based Liberty Marine Syndicate.

Conditions onboard were described as dire and there were even allegations of assault by the master.

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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